A small plane crashed into a supermarket in DeLand, Florida, injuring 5 people.
The twin-engine aircraft was an amateur-built experimental amphibious vehicle called a Seawind 3000. It took off from the DeLand Municipal Airport but had an engine failure at approximately 7:20 in the evening. The plane then flew into a Publix supermarket located in the Northgate Shopping Center in DeLand.
Randy Felix, who was shopping at the store during the crash, said, “it was horrific. When I turned around, I saw the ceiling caving in. Once the tiles were down, there was just pure fire and then the fire was propelled towards the doors almost to the cash registers.”
Amanda Carr, who was also shopping in the store at the time, reported, “the lights went out and the building shook. I just saw a big ball of fire burning in the middle of the store, and I ran out.”
A total of 5 people were injured during the crash, including the pilot, a passenger, and three shoppers. All five suffered either severe or moderate burns. The pilot and the passenger of the plane had to be airlifted to the Orlando Regional Medical Center. The shoppers were taken to the hospital as well.