2 Florida men heading home killed in plane crash

by nph | November 9th, 2011

November 9, 2011

Two men, 47 and 74, were killed this past week in a plane crash southwest of Gainesville, Georgia. They were heading home to the Spruce Creek community near Port Orange after a day of flying and attending social events, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal.

After taking off from a private airstrip about 30 miles southwest of Gainesville, the plane crashed in a heavily wooded area, according to sheriff’s investigators.

The plane was a 1956 single engine, fixed-wing Beechcraft T-34, owned by the 74-year-old man, but it was being flown by the 47-year-old man, who was taking flight lessons from the older man.

A witness told investigators the plane taxied down a runway, and he heard its engine “spit and sputter” as it took off. He then watched the aircraft crash into some heavy woods north of the airstrip, the press release states.

The older man was retired from Northwest Airlines with more than 60,000 hours of flight time. The younger man was a manager at Yelvington Jet Aviation.

The sheriff’s office transferred investigation of the crash on Sunday to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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