An experimental small aircraft crashed into the roof of a Publix supermarket in DeLand, Florida on Monday evening sending shoppers and employees fleeing the resulting fireball. According to ABC News, five people were injured in the explosion, including the aircrafts’s pilot and passenger, who are in critical condition.
Witnesses reported that the twin-engine plane began to sputter and falter in the air as it left the runway of a nearby airfield. Flames shot from one of the engines as the pilot fought in vain to turn the craft around.
Shoppers inside the store described a scene of pandemonium as the plane punched through the ceiling and exploded, sending people scrambling for their lives.
The Associated Press quotes DeLand Police Sergeant Dan Estes as reporting that “Publix is the only structure to suffer any damage,” but stores will remain closed today as a precaution and to make way for emergency crews.
The NTSB has taken up an investigation of the crash.
Watch the video, which broadcast on Tuesday morning, April 3 on ABC, below: