The Outdoor Channel lost one of it’s show host from Spanish Fly fishing, Jose Wejebe. Jose Wejebe died in a plane crash on Friday when he departed Everglades Airpark (X01) airport in Collier County, Florida just before 5 PM, the single-engine experimental aircraft stalled just after takeoff.
Jose Wejebe was 54-years old and was flying a single-engine experimental turboprop-powered Comp Air 8 SF, with tail number N548SF, kit aircraft manufactured by Comp Air of Florida. A witness says they saw him takeoff, but the wind shifted and they believe he got caught in the crosswind and the plane started to come down nose first. When the aircraft hit the ground, it exploded and killed the TV host, Jose Wejebe.
Jose Wejebe received his private pilot certificate with airplane single engine land privileges in 2004. He also had a 3rd class medical certificate that was received in February 2011.
An NTSB investigator is investigating the crash and looking at three factors: man, machine and environment, in an attempt to determine what might be the cause of the crash. The aircraft manufacturer is also assisting in the investigation of Jose Wejebe’s plane crash.
The Outdoor Channel released a statement on Friday, April 6, 2012 stating, “It is with great sorrow and a heavy heart as we mourn the loss of an important member of the Outdoor Channel family tonight. Spanish Fly host and angling icon Captain Jose Wejebe died earlier this evening in a tragic small aircraft accident in Collier County, Florida. Details are still coming in at this late hour, but the entire Outdoor Channel familiy is shocked, saddened and stunned. Our prayers go out to the family of Captain Jose Wejebe.”
The Wejebe family put out a statement saying, “We would like to invite all family and friends to a Celebration of Life in honor of Jose Wejebe, Sunday April 15, 2012 at 1:30 PM at the International Game Fish Association Museum (IGFA) in Dania, Beach Florida. All those who were touched by Jose are welcome to attend.”