Wednesday, February 13, 2013

1 Person Dead In New Smyrna Beach Plane Crash

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Florida -- One person is dead following a crash of a twin engine plane just west of the New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport early Wednesday afternoon.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said that the Cessna 337 had taken off from the airport when it went down sometime later in an open field near the city’s sports complex.  The tower manager at the airport called in the crash at 1:13 p.m. The plane broke apart upon impact, killing the pilot. 

No one else was on board, and no one on the ground was injured.

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office is conducting a routine death investigation, while the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be called in to investigate the cause of the crash.


Officials have released the name of the pilot who was killed in today’s plane crash. The pilot has been identified as Paul Rooy, age 56, of Daytona Beach, Florida.