Three people were seriously injured when a small experimental plane crashed into a busy Florida supermarket Monday evening, bursting into flames and sending shoppers and employees fleeing for their lives.
The single engine plane had been in the air for just moments when it lost power and crashed into the roof of a Publix supermarket in DeLand, a city about 20 miles southwest of Daytona Beach, during the store’s busy, after-work hours, authorities said.
There were 35 shoppers and 33 employees inside the Publix when the plane hit just after 7 p.m., authorities said. Customers who dialed 9-1-1 reported smoke and burning amid a chaotic scene.
“It was pure pandemonium in there. People were just trying to get out,” Randy Felix, a customer in the store’s deli section at the time of the crash, told ABC News.
“This kid started running towards us and he was just laid on the floor and his legs flailing,” said Felix, who ran to help. “He just kept on screaming over and over.”
Five people were injured in the crash, including the plane’s pilot and co-pilot. They remain at Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition, according to local affiliate WFTV.
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