Thursday, April 14, 2016

Incident occurred April 13, 2016 at Bob Lee Flight Strip (1J6), DeLand, Volusia County, Florida

DELAND, Fla. (AP) - A Florida pilot is recovering after authorities say he crash landed an amateur-built glider.

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office reports that 71-year-old John Charter was in stable condition at a Daytona Beach hospital.

Sheriff's deputies say Charter suffered lacerations from the Wednesday crash. He was the sole occupant of the glider, which crashed into woods near Bob Lee Airport in DeLand.

DELAND, Fla. —An amateur-built power glider crash-landed early Wednesday afternoon at the Bob Lee Flight Strip, off of state Route 15A just north of DeLand, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

The pilot, John F. Charter, 71, was the sole occupant and survived the crash with cuts.

A Volusia County Sheriff's Office helicopter airlifted the pilot to a hospital for medical treatment.

The crash was reported to the Sheriff's Office by an eyewitness at 12:45 p.m. With the help of a Sheriff's Office helicopter crew providing aerial observation, deputies located the crash site in the woods off of Gold Springs Road, just east of the private airstrip, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration was notified about the crash.

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