Small plane crash-lands onto Naples street

Published: March 26, 2016 4:38 PM EDT
Updated: March 26, 2016 11:31 PM EDT
A small plane crash-landed onto Logan Boulevard Saturday afternoon. (Photo submitted by Cal Ryan)

NAPLES, Fla. – While everyone hopes to see flying cars soon- a plane on the road doesn’t exactly fit the description.

A small plane crash-landed onto Logan Boulevard at Saturnia Grande Drive Saturday afternoon, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office said.

“A plane! Right on the road, right on the side of the road. About where I rode coming out this way,” said Vicki Burton. She saw the aircraft on her bike route.

“I might need to question how much I want to ride in the road again.”

Collier county Deputies say the small private plane was a Beechcraft Debonaire, flying a family of four to Naples for Easter weekend.
Deputies say the plane had some engine Issues just before 4:00PM. The aircraft made a hard landing on the sidewalk, and skid to a stop, just narrowly missing a power pole.

The plane’s landing gear was not deployed as it landed on the street.

“I don’t know much about aviation, but it looks like he did everything right. He found a nice straight, flat road, and he just missed that pole so it looks like some pretty skilled flying,” said Scott Bowels.

CCSO says the family was traveling to Naples for Easter weekend.
The pilot, now identified as Nathan Jones, told deputies he had to find the nearest place to land with his wife and two kids on board.
Onlookers said they’re amazed no one was hurt.
“It looks like obviously he had some problems and he followed procedure and protocol and it looks like everyone’s safe so it worked out well,” said Bowels.
Officials say if not for the pilots skill, this could have ended much worse.
“I think we’re all fortunate that he’s as good a pilot as he is,” said Krista Williamson, communications director for Collier County Sheriffs.