Update: June 10, 2014.
The two people killed in Monday night’s plane crash in Daytona Beach were tentatively identified Tuesday. Volusia County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Brandon Haught says the two were preliminarily identified as 22-year old flight instructor Marlene Mork, and 22-year old student Gabriel De Souza Marinho Falcao. Their Cessna 172 crashed near the southeast corner of Daytona Beach International Airport, just west of Clyde Morris Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue Extension, shortly before 10 Monday night. The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office Major Case Unit is investigating the case, and the National Transportation Safety Board confirmed in a tweet on its web site Tuesday that it is investigating the incident as well.
A small plane crashed south of Daytona Beach International Airport shortly before 10 Monday night, and WFTV-TV, Channel 9 is reporting that an instructor and student were killed in the crash. Volusia County Sheriff’s Department spokesperson Gary Davidson said the plane, a Cessna 172 registered to Phoenix East Aviation, crashed shortly after takeoff. He added that there were no survivors of the crash and that authorities believe there were two occupants of the plane.
This Examiner viewed the crash site from Clyde Morris Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue Extension Monday night, where Daytona Beach Police were maintaining the scene. It appeared that the plane was small, it was positioned leaning slightly to the right on its underside, and suffered heavy damage to the front of the aircraft. The crash site is just southeast of one of the short runways at Daytona Beach International Airport. Volusia County Fire Services airport units initially responded to the scene, and unofficial reports said they encountered heavy smoke and fire at the site and that the aircraft was fully involved.
Volusia County Fire Services, Daytona Beach Fire Department units and EVAC ambulances were working the site Monday night as Daytona Beach Police secured the area and directed traffic around Clyde Morris Boulevard and Bellevue Avenue Extension. Lt. Larry Stoney with the Daytona Beach Fire Department said initial information would be coming from the Daytona Beach Police Department, and Daytona Beach Police Chief Michael Chitwood was one of the officials this Examiner observed at the crash site. Daytona Beach International Airport Operations may also issue further details. It is also common for the National Transportation Safety Board to conduct investigations of aircraft accidents.
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