One Dead in Light Aircraft Crash in Florida

One person died after a small plane crashed in a residential area in Florida Friday, but the pilot managed to avoid hitting any homes or power lines, authorities said.

Image: The scene at a deadly plane crash in Okeechobee, Florida.
A person in a small plane died after the aircraft crashed in Okeechobee County, Florida, on Friday Nov. 6, 2015. Okeechobee County Sheriff's Offi

John Bubel, 62 was killed in the 11:30 a.m. crash in Okeechobee County, which occurred as Bubel was flying from Homestead, Florida to his home in Okeechobee, the Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office said.

Bubel was the only one aboard the two-seat plane, and there were no injuries to anyone on the ground, officials said. The National Transportation Safety Board described the area as a "sparsely populated residential area."

The aircraft that crashed was a Zenith CH701, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The Zenith CH701 is a "kit aircraft" that builders assemble themselves, according to the manufacturer.

The aircraft is registered to a friend of Bubel's, the sheriff's office said. The FAA and NTSB are investigating the crash.