A pilot from Jensen Beach was seriously injured Sunday after his plane struck multiple vehicles and a utility pole in the parking lot of a Polk County church that was holding services. Two nurses from the church provided first aid to the pilot.
The plane Robert Silva, 61, was flying crashed around noon in the parking lot of Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church on Griffin Road off Old Bartow Eagle Lake Road in Bartow.
The plane cut through a utility pole, struck some vehicles and then hit and flipped a Jeep Patriot, according to Kevin Watler, PIO for Polk County Fire Rescue.
The pastor said he thought it was a lightning strike, but then a church member told him that a plane had crashed, Watler said.
Two registered nurses, Priscilla Sykes and Queen Morris, provided first aid for Silva until Polk County Fire Rescue arrived.
Silva was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he had surgery and is in stable condition.
There were six vehicles damaged in the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
Here is info on the plane from Flight Aware: 2005 Cirrus owned by M3 Aero Inc. in Wilmington, D.E. The tail number of the plane is N59BC.
The National Transportation Safety Board is following up with a further investigation of the crash.