High Winds Damage 69 Airplanes, Several Buildings at Sun ‘n Fun

Posted by on Apr 4, 2011 in "Hangar Flying" | 0 comments

Destruction at the Sun ‘n Fun Fly-In in South Lakeland was the most visual evidence of the tornadoes that tore through Polk County about noon Thursday.

At least seven people were taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center with minor injuries, while others were treated at the event. High winds toppled a shack a security guard was in, while poles and other flying debris struck visitors.

Lakeland Police said Friday morning that 69 planes were damaged causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage and a dangerous situation with spilled gas. Dozens of vendor tents were uprooted.

Officials canceled all events and visitors were forced to leave the grounds, creating long lines of traffic.

The NWS has confirmed that Sun-n-Fun was hit by a tornado via http://www.avweb.com/news. For more information click on either link.


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