Pilot Dies in Lakeland Airport Crash Due to Engine Failure, NTSB Investigating

MULBERRY, FL – A tragic incident unfolded at the South Lakeland Airport on Tuesday morning as a pilot lost his life in a plane crash. The Federal Aviation Administration reported that the single-engine airplane crashed at around 10:40 a.m., leading to the untimely death of the pilot.

Sheriff Grady Judd identified the pilot as 76-year-old Arthur Canning from Lakeland. According to Judd, Canning was about to take off when the engine of the experimental amateur build aircraft began to sputter. The pilot struggled to regain control, but unfortunately, the plane stalled and crashed to the ground, resulting in fatal injuries.

Despite being an experienced pilot with a background in flying ultra-light planes for a decade, Canning had only flown this particular aircraft once before the tragic crash. Sheriff Judd expressed the profound sadness felt by witnessing such a devastating event, emphasizing the severity of the situation.

The immediate cause of the engine failure remains unknown, prompting investigations by both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board. The authorities are working diligently to uncover the factors that led to the fatal crash, hoping to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

The aviation community mourns the loss of Arthur Canning, recognizing his passion for flying and the unfortunate turn of events that claimed his life. As investigations continue, friends, family, and fellow pilots honor his memory and reflect on the risks inherent in the pursuit of aviation. The safety of pilots and passengers remains a top priority in the wake of this heartbreaking incident at the Lakeland airport.