Okaloosa County, FL - One person was killed, and another was seriously hurt following a two-seat private plane crash on November 17th.
The crash took place on Forest Road near Niceville shortly after taking off from Ruckel Airport just before 1:00 pm. Two people were in the small plane that crashed upside down.
The victims were taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center. One person died from injuries while a second was undergoing treatment.
To prevent the risk of fire from a minor fuel leak, firefighters removed the plane's battery.
The plane remained on the grassy shoulder of the road for a few hours, awaiting the arrival of a Federal Aviation Administration crash scene investigator. Because of debris found on the road, authorities speculated the plane hit some trees, but the crash was still under investigation.
How common are small plane crashes?
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