Salina Man Survives Florida Plane Crash

DESTIN, Fla. – A Salina man survived a plane crash in Florida over the weekend.

According to a media release from the Okaloosa County, Florida Sheriff’s Office, a pilot and passenger were aboard a Beech Bonanza aircraft that went down short of the Destin Executive Airport runway Sunday morning.

The two men were identified as a father and son, Jason Dougherty, 47, Garden City, and Caleb Dougherty, 22, Salina, who were flying into the Destin area for vacation.

Both men, as well as Labrador retriever flying with them, survived without a scratch after just missing a home and landing in a tree in the area of Main Street and Planet Drive in Destin around 10 a.m. local time.

They say the plane began experiencing engine trouble as they were coming into land.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident, according to the release.

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