Pilot in small plane crash rescued by military helicopter in Putnam County

Photo: Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A small plane crashed Monday afternoon in a rural area northwest of Palatka.

According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, the single engine aircraft was on approach to the Palatka Airport when the pilot sent an emergency signal and radioed a mayday. A U.S. Navy MH-60 Seahawk was in the area and responded to the scene.

The Sheriff’s Office said the flight crew located the downed plane and had the pilot loaded on a rescue basket.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the aircraft experience a mechanical issue and that the pilot was not injured.