Small plane crashes near New Smyrna Beach; pilot treated for minor injury

Firefighters extinguish fire from a small plane that crashed injuring the pilot / Headline SurferMap of plane crash site / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer® / This 1983 fixed-wing Beechcraft A36 Bonanza aircraft crashed into some trees in the vicinity of Venetian Bay, at Airport Road and Pioneer Trail outside the New Smyrna Beach city limits 3:30 p.m. Monday. The pilot, Lee Kraus, was able to walk away from the crash with minor injuries to his face. The cause of the crash is being investigated.
 
By HENRY FREDERICK
Headline Surfer

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- Authorities say a small airplane crashed near New Smyrna Beach on Monday afternoon, setting some trees on fire in the process, but the pilot, who was alone in the fixed-wing aircraft, was treated on scene for minor facial injuries.

Lee Kraus, the 1983 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza's owner and pilot, escaped with only minor injuries to his face in the 3:30 p.m. crash that resulted in a wing catching fire and spreading to nearby trees before responding units from the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department extinguished the flames, said Andrew Gant, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman. 

The plane went down in the vicinity of Venetian Bay, at Airport Road and Pioneer Trail. Several residents heard the crash and called 9-1-1 after running outside and seeing trees on fire.

Plane crashes near New Smyrna Beach, FL / Headline SurferLee Kraus, the 1983 Beechcraft A36 Bonanza's owner and pilot, escaped with only minor injuries to his face in the 3:30 p.m. crash that resulted in a wing catching fire and spreading to nearby trees before responding units from the New Smyrna Beach Fire Department extinguished the flames, said Andrew Gant, a Volusia County Sheriff's spokesman. 

The plane went down in the vicinity of Venetian Bay, at Airport Road and Pioneer Trail. Several residents heard the crash and called 9-1-1 after running outside and seeing trees on fire.

Lee, a Connecticut resident where the plane is registered, also owns a home in the nearby Spruce Creek Fly-In gated community.

What caused the crash is unknown, but it will be investigated by the National Transportation Safety Board.

 

 

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