Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 13-024

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 14, 2013
    • Contact Person:
    • Public Information Office : piooffice@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8060

    Plane Crash

    Pilot and passenger were uninjured in crash.
    • Friday
    • January 11, 2013
    • Time: 4:00 PM
    • Dew Bloom Road and Mount Carmel Road
    • Valrico, FL


    Murray, John M
    DOB: 08/20/1946
    2922 Bayshore Ct
    Tampa, Florida

    Passenger: (wife)

    Murray, Phyllis A
    2922 Bayshore Ct
    Tampa, Florida


    On January 11, 2013, just before 4 p.m., Hillsborough County Fire and HCSO deputies responded to an airplane crash at the intersection of Dew Bloom Road and Mount Carmel Road in Valrico. The pilot, John Murray and his wife Phyllis Murray took off in a Cessna 182 from Peter O-Knight Airport in Tampa enroute to Miami.

    At some point after takeoff, the plane began to experience mechanical problems. The plane began losing altitude and crashed in a cow pasture at Dew Bloom Road and Beverly Boulevard in Valrico.

    The airplane received significant damage to the underbody and nose cone. The pilot and his passenger walked away from the crash uninjured.

    The 1981 Cessna single engine aircraft is owned by the pilot John Murray. HCSO will turn over the crash investigation to the NTSB and the FAA as well as assist in the removal of the plane.
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