Doughertys unhurt in plane crash

DESTIN, Fla. - The Beechcraft Bonanza was about a mile from its destination - the Destin Executive Airport - when some kind of engine trouble developed and the small plane went down and crashed nose first into a tree, just missing a nearby home.


The pilot and passenger, Jason Dougherty, 47, and his son Caleb Dougherty, 22, from Garden City, Kansas, and their yellow Labrador retriever, “somehow survived without a scratch,” the Okaloosa County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office said in a posting on Facebook.


The crash happened shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday as the father and son were flying in from Kansas for a vacation.


Beth Cann, who lives about four houses away from where the plane crashed told the Northwest Florida Daily News that her son had just ridden his bicycle home from a convenience store when he told her about the crash.


“He came back and said, ‘Oh by the way, there’s an airplane in a tree,’” Cann told the newspaper.


The Beechcraft Bonanza, in production in the U.S. since 1947, is a single-engine, six-seat aircraft.


The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were notified about the crash and will be investigating, the sheriff’s office said.