Recorded audio of final moments before Clearwater plane crash released
A pilot involved in a deadly Clearwater, Florida, plane crash on Thursday night reported engine trouble before slamming into a mobile home park. (Clearwater Police Department via FOX 13)
A Florida man has been arrested after crossing police crime scene tape at the fatal Clearwater plane crash site and claiming to be part of the medical staff, according to Fox 13 Tampa Bay.
Authorities confirmed to Fox 13 that around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Joseph Salvatore Schifano, 66, identified himself as medical staff when he tried to cross the yellow police tape at the scene of the fatal Clearwater plane crash.
Clearwater police told Fox 13 that Schifano could not provide any proof of employment or duty after he was caught ducking under the crime scene tape and entering the crash site.
Police warned Schifano to stay out of the crime scene after he told him that he was “just nosey.” He was then told to “move along,” according to an affidavit obtained by Fox 13.
FLORIDA MOBILE HOME PLANE CRASH VICTIMS IDENTIFIED
Man arrested after crossing police line at Florida plane crash site. (Pinellas County Jail)
After being warned, he walked around officials to hide himself and then crossed under the tape again.
According to the arrest affidavit, police said Schifano was an “entire house length into the crime scene,” while taking a video of the scene on his phone.
AUDIO REVEALS PILOT’S FINAL MOMENTS BEFORE CRASH INTO FLORIDA MOBILE HOME PARK, KILLING 3: ‘LOSING AN ENGINE’
A small plane experienced engine failure and crashed at a mobile home park south of Clearwater Mall causing ‘several fatalities’ and multiple home fires, a local fire chief said. (X / @stevenascari / Right, Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department )
Officials stated that Schifano apologized for his behavior and told them that he was trying to capture a video for a media company in an attempt to make some money.
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A small plane crash occurred at a mobile home park south of Clearwater Mall, multiple homes caught fire. (Credit: X / @stevenascari)
According to Pinellas County jail records, Schifano was arrested and is facing charges of resisting an officer without violence and released on $500 bail.