A horrific scene unfolded in an Orlando supermarket this week when a small airplane crashed through the roof of the store. According to an article in the Claims Journal, two passengers on the aircraft and three customers at the grocery store were injured in the crash. The incident occurred around 7:20 on Tuesday evening, and eyewitnesses say that it was as though something had exploded inside the store. The impact was so severe that several people were knocked off their feet.
The plane and store caught fire immediately. Fueled by the aircraft’s exploding gas tank, the fire continued to blaze for more than an hour after firefighters arrived. Customers inside the store hurried through the smoke to get outside, where, for the first time, they saw the airplane and were able to identify what was happening. While most customers did not suffer any major injury, there were reports of several people, including the pilot and co-pilot, whose clothing was on fire. One shopper, a college student named Brendan Beitler, sustained burn injuries on his leg when his pants caught fire. Altogether, five people were hospitalized, but they are all expected to be released in the near future. Of course, even the people who sustained no physical injuries suffered a great deal of emotional trauma due to the fear and the horror of seeing people literally burning around them. Continue reading “Florida Plane Crash Injures Five”