Father, Son Walk Away From Plane Crash: Officials

March 10, 2020 Updated: March 10, 2020
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A father, son, and a dog they were flying with were able to walk away unscathed after when their small plane crashed into a tree near an airport in Florida, said local authorities.

The plane crashed just off the runway at the Destin Executive Airport, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, which said that when the plane tried to land, it had engine trouble, missed a house, and crashed into a tree near Main Street.

Officials said the type of plane was a Beech Bonanza aircraft.

The people on board the plane were identified as a father and son from Kansas: 47-year-old Jason Dougherty of Garden City and 22-year-old  Caleb Dougherty of Salina, according to authorities.

The father, son, and their Labrador retriever “somehow survived without a scratch” after they crashed into the tree.

“They say the plane began experiencing engine trouble as they were coming into land,” said sheriff’s officials.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the accident.

The agency, in 2019, released a report that small plane crash fatalities across the United States have increased in 2018.

“It is disappointing to see the fatal general aviation accident rate increase after two years with the rate below 1 per 100,000 flight hours,” NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt said in a statement, according to ABC News.