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4/6/12 10:49 PM
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The host of a popular fishing TV show was killed Friday afternoon when his single-engine plane crashed in Everglades City.

Jose Wejebe, who hosted Spanish Fly, a saltwater fishing show on the Outdoor Channel and formerly ESPN, died when his kit plane plummeted into a field near the runway shortly after take-off from Everglades Airpark. Wejebe is the registered owner of the plane, according to FAA records.

Cuba-born Wejebe was known for his extensive travels chasing big fish, which took him from the Gulf of Mexico to the Galapagos.

His ex-wife, Lynne Calero, confirmed that Wejebe died in the crash.

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One person died Friday afternoon when a small plane crashed near an Everglades City airstrip.

The single-engine plane was taking off from Everglades Airpark.

"It went up and then it landed on an empty field next to the runway," said Jamie Mosbach, spokeswoman for the Collier County Sheriff's Office.

There was no confirmation on the identity of the victim, she said, adding that gathering information at the scene was difficult because the plane caught fire.

"There's no way of reading a tailnumber," Mosbach said, because the plane "was destroyed."

The National Transportation Safety Board, one of the federal agencies that investigate plane crashes, has been "notified of an accident and is gathering information," but has no further information at this time, according to Washington, D.C.-based spokesman Peter Knudson.

An East Naples fire captain said reports from the scene were "that nobody could survive."

"It doesn't sound too good," he added.

Fire trucks responded from Everglades City and Port of the Isles, he said.

The airpark is on 29 acres on the southwest end of Everglades City.

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A small plane has crashed in a field next to the Everglades Airpark.

An East Naples fire captain said reports from the scene were "that nobody could survive", adding that the plane was on fire after the crash.

"It doesn't sound too good," he added.

Fire trucks responded from Everglades City and Port of the Isles, he said.

The airpark is on 29 acres on the southwest end of Everglades City.
4/10/12 3:31 PM
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I really dug Spanish Fly, great show.
This is a bummer twice over.
4/16/12 11:31 AM
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Shitty deal man..

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