UMATILLA, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) – The pilot of a an experimental aircraft died following a crash on Thursday, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said.

Deputies responded to 38335 North County Road 44A in Umatilla at approximately 11:21 a.m. after reports were received that an aircraft had crashed.  One person on board the aircraft was located and that person was pronounced dead at the scene.

“Witnesses describe hearing a loud pop, and I believe they actually reported seeing some of the parts flying off,” explained Lt. John Herrell, with the Sheriff’s Office. “Ultimately, the aircraft came to rest near the wood line … luckily, no one on the ground was injured.”