EVERGLADES CITY, Fla. - Crime scene tape still surrounds the empty field next to the Everglades City Airport, where Jose Wejebe's airplane crashed Friday evening. Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board arrived Saturday morning and are expected to be here for a few days.
It's still not clear what caused the popular fishing show host's plane to go down and determining that cause could take months. Authorities say Wejebe took off from the Everglades City Airport shortly before 5:00 PM, banked hard and crashed.
He was flying home and was the only one onboard the single engine prop plane.
Jose Wejebe was the host of Spanish Fly, a popular fishing show that first debuted on ESPN in 1995. It is currently airing on the Outdoor Channel. Wink News has learned Wejebe had just finished shooting an episode and was flying back home to the Florida Keys.
According to his website, flying his private plan was a recent passion.
Wejebe was born in Cuba in 1958. His family fled the Castro regime and he grew up in Miami. He leaves behind a grown daughter.