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Port Orange Observer Thursday, May 24, 2018 2 years ago

Port Orange plane crash leaves one dead, another passenger critically injured

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The crash occurred at the Spruce Creek Fly-In.

A plane that crashed on the north side of the Spruce Creek Fly-In on Tuesday, May 22, has left one passenger dead and another passenger hospitalized with serious injuries, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office. 

The Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims of the plane crash as Nandish Patel, 22, of Titusville, deceased passenger, and pilot Chase Zinn, 23, of Pennsylvania. The plane was owned by Zinn’s family.

The Volusia County sheriff's deputies and detectives were on scene in the Spruce Creek Fly-In gated aviation community where the small single-engine, private plane crashed.

The crash, which occurred around 7:30 p.m., occurred on the community's north side, in the 2500 block of Taxiway Echo. The plane, carrying only the two men, narrowly missed hitting a home. No injuries were reported on the ground.

Patel was pronounced deceased at the scene, and Zinn was transported by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center. 

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the plane crash.

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