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Retired Air Force Lieutenant Colonel dies in Panama City plane crash
PANAMA CITY -- The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a deadly plane crash that happened near Panama City.
52 year old Larry Eli Caisson was flying from North Palm Beach County in South Florida to the Destin-Fort Walton Beach airport yesterday morning.
At some point Caisson reported that he was having engine trouble.
He tried to make an emergency landing at the Sandy Creek Air Strip but crashed into a heavily wooded area about a mile short of his target.
The crash site was in such a remote area the division of forestry had to be called in to clear brush to leave room for the emergency response vehicles.
The terrain was so thick, we couldn't even see within even 3 to 4 feet in front of us,"
Ricky Ramie "So actually our helicopter was able to hover right over the top of the crash and that's how they were able to make it in on foot,"
Caisson is listed as a director for both Grey Aviation advisors and solutions, and Gray Tactical Outfitters in Destin.
Caisson was an experienced pilot, a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force.