On Sunday, July 4th 2010, Titusville Police responded to the area behind the Publix shopping Plaza at 3265 Garden St reference multiple 911 calls reporting a downed aircraft.
With assistance from the Titusville Fire & Emergency Services, and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Officers found the wreckage of a small helicopter that had crashed in a heavily wooded area several hundred feet behind the shopping plaza.
The pilot, and sole occupant of the aircraft, was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Edgar E. Thompson, 66, of Worthington Cr. Rockledge owned the private aircraft and had flown out of nearby Dunn Airport off Garden St.
Access to the area was particularly difficult because of the thick brush and swamp like conditions of the crash. The Division of Forestry responded within minutes with specialized equipment and were instrumental in improving access to the sight for rescue workers and investigators.
Because Mr. Thompson’s aircraft was registered as an “experimental” aircraft, the FAA declined to investigate the crash. Titusville Police Detectives are investigating the incident and the cause remains unknown at this time. Several witnesses described the small yellow helicopter as being in obvious distress as it fell to the ground.