Saturday, September 08, 2018

Cessna 152: Accident occurred September 08, 2018 in Hastings, St. Johns County, Florida

HASTINGS, Florida - A small plane crash-landed then overturned in a field, according to crews with the St. Johns County Fire Rescue team.

The pilot of the plane lost control and crashed-landed in a field at Smith Farms off County Road 13 South near the former town of Hastings, according to officials.

Florida Highway Patrol Sergeant L. Foureau said the pilot, Shrey Chopra, 19, from Daytona Beach, was flying back to Ormond Beach after stopping at the Palatka Airport when the small plane had mechanical failure.

Chopra made an emergency landing in a farm field around 11:30 am Saturday and was able to walk away without injuries, according to the FHP.

Troopers said the pilot, who is a student at Sunrise Aviation, was flying a 1981 Cessna 152 at the time of the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate what went wrong.

Original article can be found here ➤

A Daytona Beach man escaped injury when his small private plane went down Saturday morning in a field in rural St. Johns County.

Shrey Chopra, 19, was alone in the 1981 Cessna 152 aircraft when it crashed and flipped upside down about 11:30 a.m. in the field at Smith Farms in the 9200 block of County Road 13 South in Hastings, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Highway Patrol said Chopra was flying back to Ormond Beach after stopping at Palatka-Kay Larkin Airport. Chopra said the two-seat, single engine aircraft experienced a mechanical failure forcing him to make an emergency landing, according to the Highway Patrol.

Chopra was out and walking around when St. Johns County first responders arrived. Fire Rescue paramedics examined him at the scene and determined he didn’t need to be taken to the hospital, according to agency officials.

He told first responders the plane had about 14 gallons of fuel on board when it went down. No fuel leak nor other hazards were found at the scene, according to St. Johns Fire Rescue.

The crash is under investigation by the Federal Aviation Administration with assistance from the Highway Patrol and St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.

Original article can be found here ➤


  1. Both pilot & plane should fly again. Good job handling the emergency.

  2. This is preliminary information from the Sheriffs Office, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the National Transportation Safety Board final report has been completed.