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Student pilot killed in plane crash near I-95 in Florida

FAA, National Transportation Safety Board will investigate fatal crash

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VERO BEACH, Fla. – A student pilot was killed in a small plane crash in Florida, officials said.

Treasure Coast Newspapers reports the crash happened Tuesday near Vero Beach.

Federal Aviation Administration records show that the plane was traveling from Vero Beach Regional Airport to Palm Beach County Glades Airport in Pahokee.

The Indian River County Sheriff's Office said the Piper PA-28 Cherokee disappeared shortly after takeoff, and the crash was spotted in a wooded area by a sheriff's office helicopter pilot about 90 minutes later.

Officials didn't immediately identify the pilot, but a FlightSafety International spokesman confirmed that the pilot was their student. No one else was aboard the plane.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.