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2 killed in plane crash in Port Orange neighborhood, deputies say

2 people on board during crash

PORT ORANGE, Fla. – Two people were killed in a plane crash Tuesday evening in Port Orange, officials said.

The pilot and a passenger were on board a 2009 Epic LT single-engine aircraft that went down at the Spruce Creek Fly-In, officials said. The plane came close to hitting several homes.

The aircraft stalled while trying to land, said officials with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Department. Something went wrong, but the specifics aren’t clear.

Sheriff’s officials said the wreck took place about 6 p.m. in the area of 22 Taxiway Lindy Loop.

The plane was "in an inverted flat spin when he came out of the fog," a witness told officials. "He came right over the house. I knew he was in trouble."

While the plane crashed into a yard, it missed striking any homes in the neighborhood. No injuries were reported on the ground.

"It looked like it was right at the front door of the house. God bless them it didn't go into the houses there," Pat Waggnor who lives in the area said.

Witnesses told National Transportation Safety Board officials the plane crashed after missing its approach.

Local authorities will release the names and conditions of the people who were in the plane.

The flight originated at Millington Regional Airport in Tennessee, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and NTSB will investigate the crash.

Investigators were on scene documenting the wreckage, searching for clues, and interviewing witnesses to determine the cause of the crash.

It may take up to a year to determine the cause of the crash, NTSB Public Information Officer Eric Weiss told News 6.

Crews removed the wreckage from the site Wednesday evening. 


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