The crash occurred around 7:40 a.m. in the Southwest area of St. Johns County near Barrel Factory and Leonard Roads, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Author: First Coast News

A single-engine plane crashed upside down in Hastings, Florida Sunday morning and both occupants of the plane miraculously survived, according to the St. Johns County County Sheriff’s Office.

The crash occurred around 7:40 a.m. in the Southwest area of St. Johns County near Barrel Factory and Leonard Roads, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

According to FHP,  62-year-old Joseph Linebach of Satsuma Florida was flying the 1957 Cesna model PA 22 plane when it experienced engine trouble shortly after takeoff. The plane then crashed into an oak tree at the edge of a cornfield landing upside down, they said.

Thomas Linebach of Satsuma Florida, 60, was also a passenger on the plane, FHP said.

According to the St. Johns County Fire and Rescue Department, one person was transported via air ambulance to the trauma unit at Orange Park Medical Center with potentially life-threatening injuries. The second person was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, SJCFR said.

At this time, the condition of each person has not been released.

In a photo posted by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office, hydraulic fluid can be seen leaked out onto one of the plane’s wings.

The Florida Aviation Authority released the following statement about the crash:

A Piper P22 aircraft crashed in a field in Hastings, Florida, about 8 a.m. today. Check with local authorities about the condition of the two people on board. The FAA will investigate.

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