Winds at Daytona airport flip over plane as storms near

Rain expected Tuesday in Central Florida


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Winds flipped a lightweight plane over at the Daytona Beach Airport on Monday as storms moved into the area.

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The Cessna flipped over into some power lines on the airport property just before 7 p.m. as the plane was taxiing down the runway.

Two student pilots from Phoenix East flight school on board were not injured. However, authorities said the plane, owned by Phoenix East Aviation, sustained substantial damage. Winds reached up to 75 mph Monday night.


John Murray, director of public safety for Daytona Beach International Airport, said there is debris around the airport but no other damage has been reported.

Authorities said the airport remains open and did not close during the storm. There was no fire or fuel spill.

A front will move toward Central Florida overnight from the Gulf of Mexico. The rain and storms will arrive just in time for the commute Tuesday morning.

Earlier Monday, temperatures reached the 90s for the first time since October. The high in Orlando was 90, Daytona Beach hit 89, and Melbourne set a new record high of 91 on Monday.

Once the storms pass, the afternoon will be much drier. The high will make it back to 78.

On Wednesday, the high will be 78 with a partly sunny sky.

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