2 killed in ERAU training flight plane crash west of Daytona Beach, FLORIDA


A Federal Aviation Administration pilot examiner and a student pilot were killed when an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University plane crashed during a training flight Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Daytona Beach International Airport, officials said.

The plane crashed about 25 yards west of Tomoka Farms Road, near the Daytona Flea & Farmers Market. Emergency calls came in at 9:54 a.m. with witnesses saying they saw a wing fall off a plane before it crashed. The wing was across Tomoka Farms, to the east and 150-200 yards from the rest of the mangled fuselage.

The identity of the student and the examiner were not being released pending notification of their families, according to a statement from the university.

“We are devastated by today’s tragic aircraft accident that has taken the lives of one of our students as well as another member of the aviation family, an FAA-designated pilot examiner,” ERAU spokesperson Ginger Pinholster said in an email statement. “We are devoting every ounce of our energy to learning the details of what happened, and we are working closely with authorities to do so. … Our entire community is heart-broken. Our deepest sympathies go out to all those affected by this devastating loss.”

Two 9-1-1 callers said they saw a wing or a piece of the plane come off the aircraft before it crashed across from the flea market.

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