2 injured in plane crash near Page Field

Published: March 9, 2015 12:33 PM EDT
Updated: March 9, 2015 10:13 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- Officials with the Lee County Port Authority confirm a plane crashed between Colonial Boulevard and US 41 on its way to Page Field Airport.

Authorities tell WINK News the Piper PA-24 Comanche plane crashed around 12 p.m.

Two people were on board at the time.

No word on their exact injuries but WINK News confirms they were conscious when rescue crews arrived.

A lot of people witnessed the plane crash along a busy road and a number of shopping centers.

“I was driving down Colonial and I was stopped in traffic at a light and the plane was flying rather low, and his tail went up, then it went up again, then it went down and back up and I didn’t see him anymore, and I thought there’s no way he made it to the airport,” said Bonnie Fulks.

“I was working and i heard a noise and all of the sudden I seen my car had a plane on top of it,” said Craig Giuliano.

Giuliano’s white Ford Ranger is underneath all of the debris and is totalled.

“I am just glad everyone is OK. It could have been worse, people could have died. Nobody died in that is a good thing,” said Giuliano.

WINK News spoke with a commercial pilot who heard about the crash while he was at Page Field. He rushed over to the scene to see who was inside.

“I’ve lost a lot of friends flying airplanes over the years. I’ve been involved in airplanes 30-40 years, ever since I was a little kid, so every time I hear one goes down in our area it makes your heart stop for a second,” said Robert Burns.

Burns says he did not know the people on board.

According to the FAA website, the plane is registered to Ralph Lennon in Las Vegas.

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will investigate the crash to determine exactly what happened.