Plan experienced engine trouble while trying to land.
The Beech Bonanza aircraft, which is a six-seater, single-engine model plane, crashed around 10 a.m. just short of the runway at the Destin Executive Airport, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. While coming in for a landing, the small plane experienced engine trouble and just missed a house before careening into a tree near Main Street.
The two men, along with their Labrador retriever, “somehow survived without a scratch,” the sheriff’s office said in a Facebook post. They were the only people aboard the aircraft. Jason Dougherty, 47, and his son Caleb Dougherty, 22, both from Kansas, were flying to Florida for vacation.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the accident. The Federal Aviation Administration has also been notified.