FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Orlando FSDO-15
Event Type: Accident
Highest Injury: Serious
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
AIRCRAFT, EXPERIMENTAL TRICK TRIKES STORM, ON TAKEOFF, CRASHED ONTO THE RUNWAY, VALKARIA, FLORIDA.
John Martinez, with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office, told Fox 35's David Williams, the call about the crash at Valkaria Airport came in at 7:10 a.m., Sunday.
According to Martinez, a caller said the plane started to take off, when the plane hit the ground hard and bounced.
Martinez said the caller told authorities both male passengers were ejected from the small experimental aircraft.
Both men, one in his late 60's, the other in his mid 50's were taken to Holmes Regional Hospital. One of the men was taken by helicopter, the other taken by ambulance.
Martinez said both men had non-life threatening injuries. A sheriff's deputy on scene told Fox 35 both men are expected to be okay Sunday.
According to Martinez, the pilot of the aircraft was experienced.
A Brevard County Sheriff's Deputy on scene said the Federal Aviation Administration is en route to investigate the crash.
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Two people were seriously injured when an ultralight aircraft crashed early Sunday near Valkaria Airport in Grant-Valkaria.
The crash was reported just after 7:20 a.m. at the airport, which is west of U.S. 1 on Valkaria Road in Grant-Valkiria, a mostly rural community southeast of Palm Bay.
Several fire-rescue crews from Brevard County and Palm Bay responded to the site.
The type of aircraft was described by authorities as an ultralight.
The cause of the crash was not immediately known but the Federal Aviation Administration has been notified of the incident.
Paramedics initially requested two medical helicopters. One of the flights was cancelled a short time later. One of the crash victims was airlifted to Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne. The second patient was taken to the hospital by ground transport.
An investigation is underway.