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1 Dead In Plane Crash Near Spruce Creek Fly-In, FL

Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:43 am

Pilot dies in plane crash near Spruce Creek Fly-in

PORT ORANGE, FL -- Federal aviation and transportation officials late Sunday were investigating a twin-engine plane crash that killed a pilot shortly after takeoff from Spruce Creek Fly-In, a Volusia County sheriff's spokesman said.

Only one person was in the plane, Frederic S. Gray Jr., 67, and he apparently died on impact, sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught and a witness said. Haught said witnesses told deputies the plane took off about 3:25 p.m. "What happened was the plane had taken off and did a hard bank. It somehow flipped over upside down and did a hard nosedive and crashed into the ground," Haught said.

No one on the ground was injured in the crash, which occurred in a field near Clubhouse Drive and Hawk's Nest Drive, Haught said. The plane was a twin-engine Beech Baron C-55, Haught said. The plane's registered owner is Northwest Jersey Airways Inc., which carries Gray's address at the Spruce Creek Fly-In community, according to the Federal Aviation Authority.

Haught said officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were on their way to the scene Sunday evening. A man working the security house at the entrance to the Spruce Creek Fly-In community said he got to the scene right after the crash and tried to help the pilot, but there was nothing he could do. He declined to give more information.


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RE: 1 Dead In Plane Crash Near Spruce Creek Fly-In, FL

Mon Mar 05, 2007 11:57 am

I know we are never supposed to make assumptions so soon, but this almost sounds like a textbook scenario of losing an engine on climb-out and handling it improperly...
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RE: 1 Dead In Plane Crash Near Spruce Creek Fly-In, FL

Mon Mar 05, 2007 12:13 pm


Always sad to see another pilot go. Hopefully we'll learn something to prevent this from happening to any of us.

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RE: 1 Dead In Plane Crash Near Spruce Creek Fly-In, FL

Tue Mar 06, 2007 3:01 am


My roommate was there at the DownWind Cafe for lunch in between instructing in an Archer and saw it go down. He ran over to help but 2 guys had already made their way over to the site and said he was dead. And my roommates first guess is that he lost an engine as well, but we'll see what the NTSB says.
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