The three survived without a scratch after just missing a home and landing in a tree in the area of Main Street and Planet Drive around 10 a.m., the release said.

DESTIN — The pilot and passenger who survived a plane crash Sunday morning were identified as a father and son from Kansas.



Jason Dougherty, 47, of Garden City, Kansas and Caleb Dougherty, 22, of Salina were aboard a Beech Bonanza aircraft when it went down short of the Destin Executive Airport runway, according to a press release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.


The two, along with their Labrador retriever, were flying into the Destin area for vacation.


The three survived without a scratch after just missing a home and landing in a tree in the area of Main Street and Planet Drive around 10 a.m., the release said.



According to the Sheriff’s Office incident report, the pilot said he was on final approach to the airport when his only engine started to give out. He said he tried to adjust the mixture and switch fuel tanks, but the engine quit.


He made a "Mayday" call to the Destin Control tower before the plane hit some trees and started to slide to one side slowly, he said.


The left wing stopped when it hit the ground, which kept the plane from completely falling out of the tree, the pilot said.


Someone arrived with a ladder and helped them out of the tree.


The homeowner told the deputy she was out walking her dog when she heard a noise and came home to find the plane in her backyard trees.


There was no damage to her home, but aircraft fuel was spilled around the trees, the report said.


The plane suffered significant damage and someone from the National Transportation Safety Board was scheduled to come out Monday and investigate the incident.