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Yakovlev Yak-55M, N307GS: Accident occurred September 15, 2022 in Waldo, Alachua County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Orlando, Florida

Aircraft made a forced landing in a field for unknown reasons. 

Date: 15-SEP-22
Time: 12:15:00Z
Regis#: N307GS
Aircraft Make: YAKOVLEV
Aircraft Model: YAK-55
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Flight Crew: 1 No Injuries 
Pax: 0
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

WALDO, Florida – A Yakovlev Yak-55M plane with only the pilot aboard crashed in a flooded ditch northeast of Gainesville Regional Airport early Thursday and flipped, authorities and witnesses said. The pilot survived and was being checked at a nearby hospital.

The 53-year-old pilot, who was not initially identified, was pulled from the wreckage by a farm worker about 8 a.m. Thursday, said Debra Yarborough, the office manager for Straughn Farms.

The Yakovlev Yak-55M, built in 1992, was upside down in a farm field next to a tractor as fire trucks, sheriff’s cruisers and a helicopter from Alachua County responded to the scene.  

“He’s lucky he went down in water,” Yarborough said, “because if he hadn’t it probably would have killed him.”

Authorities took the pilot to UF Health Shands Hospital to be checked for injuries, said Becky Butscher, a spokeswoman for the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. 

It was not immediately clear where the plane took off or was headed, Butscher said.

HAMPTON, Florida (WCJB) - Rescue crews saved a pilot after a small plane crash near the Alachua Bradford County line on Thursday morning.

Alachua County Fire Rescue crews say the crash happened around 8:30 a.m. south of Hampton near Northeast County Road 1471. A pilot attempted to make an emergency landing on the road. The plane went into a ditch and overturned.

Emergency crews had to rescue the pilot who was trapped inside the aircraft. The pilot was taken to the hospital.

Drivers were asked by authorities to avoid the area. FAA is investigating the crash.

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