A plane carrying an ad banner over the area around Ben Hill Griffin Stadium before Florida's game against Arkansas on Saturday crashed in Flavet Field, a popular tailgating spot for Gator fans. Both people on the plane were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries according to the Gainesville Sun and no one on the ground was hurt.
Plane crash at Flavet Field in Gainesville where people tailgate. Pilot is out of the plane. pic.twitter.com/vAgpEhEZaF
— Greg (@hicks_gregory) October 5, 2013
The pilot jettisoned the banner and headed for Flavet Field, approaching from the west. The plane put down in the field, not too far from some tailgaters, then rolled and bounced into a tree-filled area south of the band shell.
According to the University of Florida police chief, the plane's propeller stopped.
The plane landed upside down on a vacant pick up truck. Both pilots were ejected and transported to a local hospital. (2/3) — Florida Gators (@GatorZoneNews) October 5, 2013
SB Nation's Alligator Army has more tweets from the scene, including the reactions of those who were tailgating when the plane went down. When you go to tailgate before a college football game, you're always prepared to see some zany things, but a plane crash is probably never on that list. Thankfully, the incident could have been much more serious and hopefully the plane's passengers will be OK.