Putnam County

Pilot dead after overnight aircraft crash in Putnam County

SAN MATEO, Fla. — UPDATED 12:45 P.M.:

Florida Highway Patrol released that the pilot who was found dead on scene was a 62-year-old male from Lake Mary, FL.

He was the only occupant in the aircraft.

The gyrocopter crashed into a wooded area on the southwest side of State Road 100, north of Pine Crest Circle.

FHP said the crash happened sometime Saturday night, possibly early evening, but do not believe it was late into the nighttime hours.

The troopers located the pilot and aircraft by pulling the radar coordinates from when the aircraft dropped off radar.

What led up to the crash is still under investigation, and investigators are looking to see if fog was a factor.

The scene was not easily accessible, and there are multiple agencies assisting FHP to pull the aircraft out from the wooded area.


A pilot has died in an overnight aircraft crash in Putnam County, according to Florida Highway Patrol.

Troopers found the single engine gyrocopter this morning, along with the pilot.

This is a developing story, Action News Jax is working to get on scene, and will keep you updated on-air and online when more information becomes available.