Boyd & Jenerette Partner and aviation law expert Ed Booth was quoted in a July 16, 2019 story by News4Jax titled, “Pilot hospitalized after float plane crash in Crescent City.”
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Excerpts from the article appear below:
James Goolsby, 79, crashed in lake, was able to swim to shore
CRESCENT CITY, Fla. - A pilot in his 70s was hospitalized after a float plane crashed Tuesday evening in Crescent City, according to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.
The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. Troopers said the sea plane was attempting a water landing on a lake on private property. The plane tipped and was submerged.
It's unclear exactly what caused the crash, but News4Jax aviation expert Ed Booth said the plane is challenging to fly.
"Seaplanes are more dangerous than land airplanes. Landing on water is a skill that requires a lot of discipline, excellent depth perception and excellent operating conditions," Booth said.
Booth said the crash could have been much worse. In November 2017, Roy Hallady, a professional baseball player, was killed in crash involving a similar plane.
Originally, the Sheriff's Office described the man's injuries as serious, but the Highway Patrol said the man suffered minor injuries.
The small plane crash was the third News4Jax has reported since Sunday, when two small planes crashed miles apart in St. Johns County. Two men were injured when a plane went down in Hastings, and no one was hurt when a small plane crashed in Elkton.
About Ed Booth
Partner and Florida aviation law expert Ed Booth handles complex civil litigation matters involving aviation, products liability, trucking and transportation, construction, premises liability, and asbestos. He was the first attorney in Florida to be Board Certified in Aviation Law by The Florida Bar, a designation he has held since 1996. He currently serves as a member of The Florida Bar’s Aviation Law Committee.
Ed is an experienced pilot and aircraft owner with firsthand knowledge of aircraft operations, issues and regulations. He holds a multi-engine Air Transport License and has more than 3,600 hours of flight experience.