A small single engine plane crashed into mangroves just shy of the Plantation Key landing strip after the, pilot Brett Ekblom, noticed problems. The plane had taken off from a private airstrip in Tavernier Creek according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Both Brett Ekblom and passenger Mike Strutton were unharmed and were able to get out of the crash in the mangroves uninjured.
Reports say the plane lost lift shortly after take-off for an unknown reason when it tried to turn back before eventually crashing. The FWC is investigating the crash until the NTSB arrives.