CLAY COUNTY, FLORIDA (November 23, 2017) – A small plane crashed in Florida on Thursday, killing Herman Eugene Steele, according to a local news source. (map)
73 year old Herman Eugene Steele had flown his 1968 Mooney M20 Ranger aircraft from Tennessee to Ocala, FL early on Saturday. He then began heading to Cecil Airport in Jacksonville to visit family, with the intention of returning to Tennessee later. Around 3:00 pm, Steele began experiencing issues. He contacted air traffic control as his plane severely dropped in speed, but lost contact with air traffic controllers a short time later. His plane crashed around 3:15 pm between buildings on the Camp Blanding National Guard training site in Clay County.
Herman Eugene Steele was tragically pronounced dead as a result of the accident. Herman had gotten his pilot’s license in 2010, and had just registered the Mooney M20 Ranger aircraft in May of 2017. The accident remains under active investigation to determine cause and liability at this time.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends as they cope with such tragic loss,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all parties affected in this tragedy as they try to piece together what happened.”