COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - Captain Steven Cox was giving a tour of Everglades National Park when he saw a Piper P28 aircraft in the water. He said crashes near Everglades Airpark happen often.
"They touch and go land on this runway quite a bit," said Cox.
"I guess the wind catches them wrong," said Nancy Daffin, who works at Captain Doug's Airboat Tours.
Officials said the aircraft was approaching the airport when it crash landed in the water, 200 yards from the shore. Inside were the pilot, Robert Boyett and his wife Jodi. As well as Robert's brother Scott Boyett and his wife Rebecca. I'm told the four flew in from Groveland, near Clermon, west of Orlando, and were coming down just for the day.
"I didn't know if it was local or you know somebody from out of town," said Deffin.
Nancy Daffin works nearby at Captain Doug's Airboat Tours and said her phone was ringing all day on Monday.
"Just people who had been asking me if I heard about the airplane crash."
She said she's grateful no one was killed.
"I was upset. you know this is a small town."
Robert Boyett is in critical condition. Rebecca Boyett is in fair condition.