Plane crash injures two near Ormond Beach airport

The names of the victims have not been released. By Arelis R. Hernández, Orlando Sentinel

4:41 PM EDT, July 10, 2011

Two people were injured after their plane crashed in the woods near a runway at Ormond Beach Municipal airport, officials said.

Volusia County Sheriff’s Office officials said they received a call about a crash on the west side of the airport involving two people — a flight instructor and a student — at about 11:25 a.m.

Both people were in serious condition at transport, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the Federal Aviation Administration. However, the Ormond Beach police could not be reached for the victims’ current condition.

The Sheriff’s Office said the aircraft involved is called a fixed-wing single-engine Piper Warrior.

FAA spokeswoman Holly Baker said the PA-28 model aircraft “lost power after completing a touch and go landing off the departure end of Runway 26.”

The identities of the victims were not released.

The plane belongs to the Euro-American School of Aviation in Ormond Beach, the Sheriff’s Office and FAA said. They own and operate “32 Cessna and Piper aircraft,” according to their website.

The school says it has trained more than 10,000 pilots in Europe and the United States between 1991 and 2009.

The company refused to comment and did not answer repeated phone calls.

Jacob Caya, the manager of the Sunrise Aviation flight school at the airport, said he saw the plane go down in the woods on the west side of the airport.

He said authorities had to cut through a fence to get to the victims.

arehernandez or 352-742-5934

Copyright © 2011, Orlando Sentinel


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