April 21, 2015 – FLORIDA, UNITED STATES – A small plane crashed into a boat that was parked on the ground and caught fire Monday afternoon.
About 3 p.m., the Polk sheriff got the report of the crash in the 3900 block of Pipkin Creek Road.
First responders arrived and found the pilot — Richard Simile, 55, of Auburn, Ala. — had walked away from the crash.
Simile said he was headed west when the plane lost power and he crashed. The plane caught fire upon crashing.
He was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.
The Lakeland Fire Department says the crash happened in a residential area at Pipkin Creek and Village Road.
The fire department says the scene is under control.
The Federal Aviation Administration is on scene and investigating the crash. – WTSP.