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2 hurt in Flagler County plane crash

Men injured airlifted to hospital in Volusia County

FLAGLER COUNTY, Fla. – Two men were injured when a small plane crashed Wednesday afternoon in woods just outside the Flagler County community of Plantation Bay, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The crew of FireFlight responding to a 1:30 p.m. call about a plane crash spotted the wreckage in the area of West Lake Drive and Stone Lake Drive. Fire and rescue units accessed the crash from a power-line access road.

“One patient has multiple broken bones and we have not been able to assess the injuries of the second patient,” Flagler County Fire Rescue Chief Don Petito said.

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The two occupants, Joel Fallon and Joshua Rosa of Palm Coast, were pulled from the plane's wreckage and airlifted to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach with serious injuries. 

The men had taken off from the Flagler County Executive Airport and were on the way to DeLand when the crash occurred, deputies said.

The pilot of the plane called the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office and dispatchers were able to use his phone’s GPS coordinates to guide first-responders to the scene. An initial call came from someone playing golf at Plantation Bay who said she saw the plane go down at 1:28 p.m. Wednesday.  

"By using GPS technology, we were able to identify his location. We provided that to first responders and they were able to get here on scene," FCSO director James Troiano said.

Members of the Korona Volunteer Fire Department assisted with the rescue.

Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have been notified and will be investigating.

This crash was 33 miles from a Wednesday morning crash of an ultralight aircraft in southern Putnam County. Two people died in that crash.