MYAKKA CITY, Fla. (WFLA) – Manatee County sheriff’s deputies were on scene investigating the crash of a small, single-engine plane in the Myakka City area on Thursday.
The crash occurred off Rocky Creek Ranch.
According to the sheriff’s office, Dennis Hertenstein, 44, owns his own plane and flew to Myakka City from Lutz to operate an excavator.
After the day’s work, Hertenstein taxied out to a corner of a large pasture and began his takeoff run back toward the direction of the concrete pilings where he had been working.
He somehow did not get proper altitude and the plane’s wings were wobbling up and down.
He cleared the barbwire fence of the pasture, but clipped the right wing of the plane on a pile of concrete.
Hertenstein’s plane “cartwheeled” and landed about 50 feet away from the pile.
Hertenstein sustained multiple leg fractures, but managed to crawl out of the plane.
He was taken by coworkers to a safe area where EMS arrived and he was flown to a hospital.