SARASOTA, Fla. (WXYZ) - One man is dead following a small plane crash in Florida
A second man is in the hospital with second and third degree burns all over 90 percent of his body. He has been identified as 63-year-old William Shaun Jackson from Ann Arbor.
The Sarasota Fire Captain tells 7 Action News Jackson was conscious and talking on the way to the hospital. His wife was staying at a nearby hotel. The couple may have been looking to purchase a Seawind plane like the one he was flying in.
Video of the crash comes from our sister station WFTS in Tampa.
The pilot has been identified as 70-year-old John Ardoyno. Police say he was dead by the time emergency crews arrived on the scene. The Sarasota County Sheriff's Department said Ardoyno was from Wisconsin.
Sources tell 7 Action News the Ardoyno had also been the pilot in another crash this past September in a similar plane.
Saturday's crash happened around 3:30 p.m., shortly after the plane took off from the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. Witnesses said the plane struggled to gain altitude after take-off and crash landed a half a mile west of the airport, in the middle of a college campus.
The crash scene is in a field between buildings. No one on the ground was hurt.