The pilot involved in the Clearwater, Florida mobile home crash reported engine failure moments before the crash.


Newly released audio captures the desperate final moments of a pilot who died in a plane crash at his Florida home on Thursday.

The frantic pilot could be heard hearing what appeared to be an involuntary engine failure before heading toward the Bayside Waters Mobile Home Park in Clearwater Thursday.

“I can't see the other airport,” the pilot said in chirping audio Retrieved by Fox 13.

“I miss a machine.”

“Oh, s-t.”

That's when a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35 crashed into the house.

The pilot and two people on the ground were killed and several others were injured. None of their identities have been released yet.

Firefighters extinguish a fire after a small plane crashed Thursday evening, February 1, 2024. AP
Newly released audio captures the pilot's desperate final moments moments before crashing into the house. AP

The audio transmission also included a statement from another pilot who witnessed the crash, telling the air traffic control tower that it “went down hard. They're on fire.”

“He's definitely inside a house, a whole house that was demolished,” the pilot said. “I saw him going down at a very high speed.”

According to fire officials, ground responders were preparing for an emergency landing at St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport after the pilot reported engine failure.

The pilot and two people on the ground were killed and several others were injured. Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department/X
The victims of the tragic accident have not yet been identified by the authorities.

The plane was about 3 miles north of the runway when it went down.

The plane landed inside a mobile home, burning the structure to ashes. The fire then spread to three other mobile homes, Clearwater Fire Chief Scott Ehlers said.

The video showed the wreckage of the plane still smoldering next to charred buildings and trees.

An investigation into the accident is underway.

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