1 person killed following plane crash into Chico’s Daycare on Metro Parkway
Published: June 24, 2017 9:20 AM EDT
Updated: June 25, 2017 8:13 AM EDT
FORT MYERS, Fla. One person was killed after a plane crashed into Chico’s Daycare Saturday morning on Metro Parkway, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office said.
A Piper PA-28-181 aircraft crashed into the daycare center just before 8:00 a.m. at 11215 Metro Parkway during takeoff from Page Field, officials said. Anthony Greco. Photo via LinkedIn.
The pilot, Anthony Greco, president of the Fort Myers Flying Club, managed to get out of the plane moments before it burst into flames.
“He was staggering down the sidewalk…he was out of the airplane,” said Dan Boggs, the National Transportation Safety Board’s lead investigator in the crash. “Before anybody could get around the corner, it burst into flames.”
The passenger was killed while Greco was taken to Lee Memorial Hospital with serious injuries, Boggs said. The passenger has not yet been identified.
No one was inside of the daycare at the time of the crash, deputies said. The building sustained significant damage. A Piper PA 28 aircraft crashed into Chico’s Daycare on Metro Parkway.
The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.
The circumstances leading up to the crash are unclear at this time.
No further information was immediately available.
Boggs held a press conference Saturday afternoon with the latest updates on the crash:
WINK News reporter Jessica Alpern was live at the scene:
WINK News reporter Chaning Frampton shared a video from a viewer on scene on Twitter:
FORT MYERS, Fla. -
A 37-year-old passenger was killed when a plane crashed into a building Saturday morning on the Chico's campus in Fort Myers.
Lee County deputies identified the passenger as Marc Scott. The pilot, Anthony Greco, 55, was seriously injured.
The crash happened shortly before 8 a.m. along Metro Parkway.
The plane was taking off from Page Field when it crashed into Building 9 — a day care center — at Chico's.
Investigators with the National Traffic Safety Board (NTSB) are done with their field work at the Chico's site. The plane was taken to Page Field on Sunday and will be sent to salvage in Jacksonville on Monday.
NTSB spokesperson Dan Boggs said Saturday that the preliminary report is expected to take up to two weeks. They're going to be looking into a number of records and working with the plane's manufacturer to figure out what went wrong. The NTSB said single-engine planes do not have a black box. An official report will not be available for 12 to 16 months.
Boggs says the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing on Metro before crashing. ==================
Piper PA-28-181 Archer III
|Owner/operator:||Fort Myers Flying Club|
|C/n / msn:||2843218|
|Fatalities:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2|
|Airplane damage:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||0.8 km SE of Fort Myers-Page Field (KFMY), Fort Myers, FL - United States of America|
|Departure airport:||Fort Myers-Page Field, FL (KFMY)|
The plane struck trees and crashed into a building at 11215 Metro Parkway following a loss of engine power shortly after takeoff from Runway 13. The plane was destroyed by the post-crash fire. One of the two occupants onboard the aircraft was fatally injured and one received serious injuries.