According to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the victims of yesterday’s plane crash on the Eglin Reservation have been identified as pilot Henry Nowakowski and his wife Patsy, along with his sister Carolyn and her husband, Tom Seine. Their families have been notified and the FAA will investigate the cause of the accident.
Eglin and Okaloosa County emergency crews responded to a civilian aircraft crash approximately two miles north of the installation’s runway in a densely wooded area on the Eglin Reservation. Following the initial investigation, officials have confirmed four fatalities. The original indication was one fatality based on the flight plan documentation filed in Toledo and physical evidence.
The accident occurred at approximately 10:35 a.m. The aircraft was a Beechcraft BE-60 that originated in Toledo, Ohio this morning.
Next of kin notification was conducted by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office approximately 3:15 p.m today. Remains will be turned over to the District One Medical Examiner for Okaloosa County. The FAA will conduct an investigation on the cause of the accident.
Report from earlier today:
A small propeller-driven plane crashed north of Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport on Eglin Property today.
According to a statement from Okaloosa County Public Information Officer Christopher Saul at 11:03 a.m. “what we know now is that the plane was on its way to Destin Executive and that @TeamEglin first responders are heading to the scene as are first responders from Okaloosa EMS.”
Eglin has taken control of the response he said.
Limited details are available at this time. Updates will be made as more information is released.