OCALA, FL – In the early morning hours of Wednesday October 14, 2020, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives responded to a call for a downed aircraft in the area of the Ocala National Forest. Marion County Sheriff’s Office’s aviation unit responded and located the downed aircraft in a very remote area near Orange Springs, Florida.
The remote location of the crash site made access difficult. However, investigators were able to finally reach the small, single-engine, private plane and discovered the pilot, who was the sole occupant, to be deceased. The pilot has been identified as 65 year old John Toole Jr. Investigators believe that Mr. Toole may have been attempting to land at a nearby, private airstrip when the crash occurred.
Federal investigators are currently investigating what may have caused the crash.