MARION COUNTY, Fla. - A Navy plane crashed near Salt Springs in Marion County Sunday night, according to a sheriff's statement.
The pilot ejected safely and was found not far from the crash site near State Road 19. He was alert and conscious when he was taken by medical helicopter to Shands Medical center in Gainsville.
His name has not been released and there's no word on type of aircraft he was flying.
The crash site is near the Marion-Putnam county border, about 30 miles south of Palatka.
The plane went down near the Navy's Pinecastle Bombing Range in the Ocala National Forest. Pinecastle is on a 5,760 acre fenced-in area. The Navy drops about 20,000 bombs a year at the range, some of which are live.
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