Two people aboard a small, single-engine airplane escaped serious injury today after the aircraft crashed into a Titusville repair shop, authorities report.
The crash happened about 11:50 a.m. today shortly after the Beechcraft Sierra aircraft developed an engine problem and struck the American Paint and Body shop in the 2200 block of Garden Street, said Scott Gaenicke, spokesman for the Titusville Fire Department.
The aircraft had taken off earlier from Space Coast Regional Airport in Titusville.
The pilot reported experiencing problems in the north Titusville area, not far from the Arthur Dunn Airpark before losing power and slamming into the 15-foot, Butler building-styled repair shop.
"They were very lucky. They had only minor injuries," Gaenicke said of the plane's unidentified pilot and passenger.
"The aircraft crashed into the top of the building and went down into the front of the building. There were occupants in the show room of the building but there were no injuries," he said. No fuel leaks or fire were reported.
Both the pilot and the passenger were treated at the scene by paramedics and then taken to Parrish Hospital for further evaluation.
A Titusville city inspector was also at the site of the crash looking over the building's structural damages. The Federal Aviation Administration was contacted after the incident and is sending investigators to the scene.
Today's incident was the third aviation crash to take place in Brevard since June.