Community rallies around injured pilot
The local business community has rallied around one of its own, injured while piloting a small plane that crashed shortly after takeoff at Page Field Saturday morning. The aircraft’s lone passenger was fatally injured.
Anthony Greco, a long-time Cape Coral resident and vice president of ACRA Electric, is in “good condition” following the crash of his single-engine Piper PA-28, according to an update from four professional organizations sent to members Saturday night.
“Anthony is in the hospital and his passenger passed in the accident. Please keep them and their families in your thoughts and prayers,” the joint release from the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association, Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, Cape Coral Council for Progress and Lee County Building Industry Association states.
The accident occurred at approximately 7:50 a.m. The plane apparently rapidly lost altitude and then crashed into Building 9 on the Chico’s campus off Metro Parkway. The facility, a day care, was empty and no one on the ground was hurt.
The name of the passenger has not yet been released.
“Anthony and the entire Greco family have been leaders in this community for over 25 years, and now it will be (our) turn to help them in their time of need,” the organizations said.
“We as a collection of community partners that Anthony, the Greco Family and ACRA Electric have been a long-time part of, stand ready to assist the family in any way necessary.”