Update: Passenger dies after plane crashes in Palatka

Update: According to FHP, Malcolm Clevenstine, 71, died late Friday night at Shands Gainesville Hospital.

PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. -- Florida Highway Patrol, the Palatka Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff's Office responded to a plane crash behind a Palatka home improvement store Friday.

FHP identified the pilot as 73-year-old Richard Carrara who was flying with a 71-year-old passenger identified as Malcolm Clevenstine. Carrara told FHP he was attempting to gain altitude after a touch and go landing at nearby Kay Larkin Airport, but the plane engine stalled causing the plane to crash.

Both Carrara and Clevenstine were taken to UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville for treatment. Carrara suffered minor injuries as a result of the crash. Clevenstine is currently listed as in critical condition.

According to Hancel Wood's with the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, the plane crashed into the loading dock behind the Lowe's on State Road 19. The plane ended up about 40-feet from the back wall of the Lowe's store, after hitting a chain link fence.

A statement from Kathleen Bergen with the FAA said, "This is preliminary information about a Cessna LC-41, single engine aircraft that apparently crashed on Highway 19 in Palatka, FL at 11 a.m. today. Two persons were on board. The FAA is investigating."

The plane is registered to Carrara of Palm Coast, according to FAA records. Carrara communicated with the Federal Contract Tower as it was departing from the airport in St. Augustine about 20 minutes before the incident.

Previous local plane crashes:

Small plane crashes in Palm Beach County

Man survives small plane crash near Tampa

Plane lands without landing gear at Craig Airport

NTSB releases initial plane crash report

Information surfacing about deadly plane crash

3 people killed in plane crash on Southside

4 people injured in plane crash in Putnam County

Plane crash landed in St. Augustine


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