Date: April 28, 2012
Time: 10:45 AM
The Levy County Sheriff's Office received a call of a reported airplane crash in the Fowlers Bluff area. Shortly after 3 PM Sgt. Danny Turner arrived on the scene and discovered a single engine Cessna upside down and partially blocking the south bound lane on County Road 347.
The investigation revealed that the pilot and two passengers were flying from Marathon and they were enroute to Tallahassee. For unknown reasons the Cessna had total engine failure at an altitude of approximately 2500 feet. The pilot, Clifford Rydell, 51 made an emergency landing on CR-347 in Fowlers Bluff.
According to Major Evan Sullivan the pilot did a great job landing the plane and very happy that no one was injured. The airplane crash occurred in a very remote area in Levy County and the Watch Commander; Lt. Scott Finnen assisted the couple by taking them to get a rental vehicle.
The southbound lane was blocked for a short time and the Sheriff's Office contacted the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board and they will conducted there investigation on Saturday, April 28, 2012.
Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
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