THE VILLAGES, Fla. – Dick Goosman vividly remembers how his three-hour flight from Columbia, South Carolina to Spruce Creek Landing in Port Orange was cut 10 minutes short.
“A couple seconds later, the engine stopped,” Goosman said. “No decision to be made – it was going to go into the water.”
His small plane crash-landed in the water just 100 feet off Daytona Beach Shores in October. Goosman, a pilot with 30 years of experience, was in the process of moving from North Carolina to Florida with his wife, and had been on his way to sell his plane to a dealer in Volusia County.
“You talk about panic– it was, for an instant, but not much more,” he said.