DAYTONA BEACH, Florida -- Two people died when a single-engine plane crashed on property just east of Daytona Beach International Airport Monday night and burst into flames.
The plane took off from the general aviation runway at the airport just before 10 p.m. Monday night and crashed off airport property shortly after take-off, landing on the west side of South Clyde Morris Boulevard at its intersection with Bellevue Avenue and erupting in flames.
Units with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Daytona Beach Police Department, Volusia County Fire Services and the Daytona Beach Fire Department rushed to the scene after the first report of the crash came in at 9:57 p.m. County and city firefighters extinguished the flames. It’s believed that there were two occupants onboard the Cessna 172 that was registered to Phoenix East Aviation. There were no survivors.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the cause of the crash. The Sheriff’s Office’s Major Case Unit also is investigating to confirm the cause of the deaths. The incident didn’t affect operations at the Airport, which remains open for business.