Plane Crash Kills One, Injures Another in Volusia County
Members of the Volusia County Fire Rescue responded this past Tuesday evening to reports of a plane crash in the city of Port Orange. Initial reports from the VCFR indicate that, as of the time of this writing, at least one person has died and another person was hospitalized with severe injuries after the incident, which happened when a small private plane failed to make it off of the Spruce Creek Airport runway.
A resident who lives near the area told reporters that they were at home when they heard the plane taking off. Because of their proximity to the airport, this resident is well versed in the sounds that planes should—and normally do—make when they leave the runway. This resident said that things were clearly not going well for the pilot of this aircraft from the get-go. They described hearing one of the plane’s engines stall, and even though they said that they heard the engine restart at a certain point, the renewed momentum was not enough to prevent the plane from crashing into an empty lot in a residential area.
Residents in the Spruce Creek Fly In neighborhood rushed to the burning plane, hoping to rescue as many of the people inside as possible. Statements from these good people indicate that the damage to the two individuals trapped inside was severe.
Calls to the Volusia County Fire Rescue began flooding the dispatch office at close to 7:30 in the evening, and firefighters, police officers, and paramedics rushed to the area. There, they found the plane—believed to be a Cessna 140—crumpled on the ground while the people from the surrounding community attempted to pull the badly injured people outside the craft.
One of these two died as a result of the injuries they sustained in the crash. The other was taken to an area hospital where they are currently receiving treatment. No updates have yet emerged to inform us as to the condition of this second person.
The investigation into the incident was transferred from the Volusia County Fire Rescue team to the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.