Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) officials are investigating a recent Florida aviation accident near Winter Haven that killed the pilot and his passenger. Accident investigators say that a 60-year-old Zephyrhills woman and a 61-year-old Inverness man were the only two people aboard an ultralight aircraft when it crashed. They say that the pilot of the Airborne Windsport experimental aircraft was performing touch-and-go maneuvers when the aircraft hit the ground, flipped and skidded nearly 200 feet before stopping. Early indicators suggest there was a gust of wind that may have contributed to the pilot losing control of his aircraft.
Six members of a Kansas family returning from a vacation in the Bahamas were killed recently when their 2006 Pilatus PC-12 single-engine light aircraft crashed into the Tiger Creek Preserve near Lake Weohyakapka around 12:36 p.m. According to their flight plan, they had stopped to clear customs at St. Lucie County Airport (FPR) at 10:15 a.m. that morning. After clearing customs, they taxied and took off from St. Lucie at 12:05 p.m. en route to their home in Junction City, Kansas.