Jose Wejebe, the host of a popular TV fishing show, was killed in the Everglades City plane crash Friday, according to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office.
Crews on scene say the plane’s tail number is N548SF. And according to the FAA, the aircraft with that number is registered to Wejebe.
Officials we spoke to say he was flying in an experimental, single-engine aircraft. The type is a CA8-SF.
Former Collier EMS Chief Jeff Page was chartering a boat when the crash happened. He said he saw the aircraft take off from the Everglades City Airport after 4:30 p.m. Friday and then felt the winds shift.
He said he thinks the plane got caught in a crosswind before hitting the ground and exploding.
“The plane popped up and it looked like it got its nose too high into the wind and it almost put it straight vertical,” he said.
Page went on to describe the actual crash.
“The initial explosion of when it hit, there was no way anyone could survive it – no way anyone could even approach the plane,” Page said. “It immediately burst into flames.”
Wejebe was the host of the show, Spanish Fly.