Cape man victim of Fort Myers plane crash
The Cape Coral man who died in a small plane crash in Fort Myers on Saturday has been identified by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office investigators as Marc Scott.
Scott, 37, an employee at AccuData Integrated Marketing in the Cape, was a passenger in the single-engine Piper PA-28 being piloted by Cape Coral resident Anthony Greco. The plane apparently lost altitude when taking off from Page Field in Fort Myers and crashed into a vacant building at Chico’s on Metro Parkway.
Greco, 55, who survived the crash, and Scott were both members of the Fort Myers Flying Club, which grounded both of its other planes – a Cessna 172 and a Cessna 182S – as a precaution while they undergo thorough inspection.
“They are both good pilots,” said club president Mike Jackson. “They are both high quality individuals. A tragedy like this, though rare, is devastating for all of us.”
The cause of the crash is still being investigated by the National Traffic Safety Board Eastern Regional Office. NTSB’s Peter Knudson said once the investigators write their findings, the agency will release its preliminary report, perhaps as soon as next week.
“We are in a holding pattern right now,” said Jackson. “The investigators are finishing up their interviews and our planes are being inspected. No one asked or told us to ground them. We don’t take chances here. We want to make sure everything is fine.”
The club had three planes available for use to its 150 members, about 60 of which are pilots Jackson added.
Greco, the vice president of ACRA Electric in the Cape, is recovering at an area hospital.
A combined statement released Saturday by the Cape Coral Construction Industry Association, Cape Coral Chamber of Commerce, Cape Coral Council for Progress and Lee County Building Industry Association read, “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. 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.”
Jackson said the plane has been taken to a salvage yard in Jacksonville but he is not aware if investigators will be looking at the wreckage there.