WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (FOX 35 Orlando) - A dramatic call to 911 was made from inside a Winter Haven family’s home, moments after a small plane came crashing through the roof. The crash happened around 12:45 p.m. on Saturday, at a home on a Idylridge Way, just south of the Winter Haven Airport.
“Is everyone out of the house?” the 911 dispatcher asked. “No. We’re trying to save a lady. She’s stuck in the wall,” said a man who called for help.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said 64-year-old instructor pilot James Wagner of Lakeland and 33-year-old student pilot Timothy Sheehy of Bozeman, Montana were on board when the plane took off from the Winter Haven Airport. They were scheduled to perform simulated engine failure training when the plane crashed.
Wagner died in the crash, but Judd said Sheehy was able to climb out of the wreckage on his own. He suffered minor injuries.
According to the sheriff's office, three people were inside the home at the time of the crash, and three children, ages 2, 11 and 15, were playing in the front yard.
The small aircraft pinned Carmelle Ngalamulume, 17, against her bedroom wall. Investigators said Sheehy, a former Navy Seal, crawled out of the co-pilot seat and immediately rendered aid to the teenager stuck in the wall, using the shirt off his back to help stop her bleeding, as they waited for paramedics to arrive.
Sheehy was treated and released from a hospital within hours and the teenager is still recovering. The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.