A small plane crashed at Ocean Reef Club's golf course on March 1, 2024. MONROE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

One man was injured on March 1 when the single-engine plane he was flying crashed into the Ocean Reef Golf onto the golf course during the landing at the Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo.

The 66-year-old pilot was taken to the Jackson South Medical Center by a Miami-Dade County rescue helicopter, according to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department. He was in stable condition, a source familiar with the crash told Keys Weekly. 

Per the flight tracker FlightAware, the plane left Pompano Beach around noon on March 1. The plane, a Cirrus SR-20, arrived at Ocean Reef less than 40 minutes later. 

The plane belongs to Baker Consulting LLC out of North Dakota. 

The Florida Highway Patrol and Monroe County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene. 

FHP said the investigation has been turned over to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Ocean Reef Club is an exclusive gated community in Key Largo with two 18-hole golf courses and a private airport for jets and helicopters. 

Located about one mile northeast of Key Largo, the airport has a runway that measures 4,456 feet long and 70 feet wide, according to the club’s information manual.

Upper Keys Weekly editor Jim McCarthy contributed to this report.

Gwen Filosa
Gwen Filosa is The Keys Weekly’s Digital Editor, and has covered Key West news, culture and assorted oddities since she moved to the island in 2011. She was previously a reporter for the Miami Herald and WLRN public radio. Before moving to the Keys, Gwen was in New Orleans for a decade, covering criminal courts for The Times-Picayune. In 2006, the paper’s staff won the Pulitzer Prizes for breaking news and the Public Service Medal for their coverage of the Hurricane Katrina disaster. She remains a devout Saints fan. She has a side hustle as a standup comedian, and has been a regular at Comedy Key West since 2017. She is also an acclaimed dogsitter, professional Bingo caller and a dedicated Wilco fan.