Airplane Crash In South Levy County

MEDIA RELEASE   Date:               June 25, 2010 Time:              6:30 PM   Inglis, Florida- The Levy County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call at 3:09 PM in reference to a plane crash in the Inglis area.  Upon arrival Deputy Allen Breeding observed a 2008 Luscombe single engine airplane upside down obstructing the east bound lane of highway 40 near the Peaceful Acres area.    The pilot John Kuniyoshi, 36 from Lake Worth and two passengers Malcolm Ford, 53 from Sanford and Jordan Astrin, 25 Oviedo left the Sanford airport this morning and flew to Cedar Key for lunch.  During the flight back to Sanford the plane developed engine problems and Kuniyoshi made an emergency landing in a field.  During the landing the wings struck a small tree and the plane went through a fence and down the ditch and landed upside down on Highway 40.  This is the fourth airplane crash the Levy County Sheriff’s Office has worked this year.   Kuniyoshi has been a pilot since 2007 and the three men walked away with minor scratches.  The Federal Aviation Administration was notified and Agents are enroute to continue the investigation in the plane crash.                 ###

Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff's Office
FBI-National Academy 183rd Session
Office: 352-486-5446
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