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Port Orange Observer Monday, Jul. 9, 2018 2 years ago

Two injured after small plane crashes at Spruce Creek Fly-In

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The pilot was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center with critical injuries.

Two occupants of a small airplane were injured on Thursday, July 5, when their plane crashed at Spruce Creek Fly-In in the Port Orange area.

Volusia County sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash around 1:45 p.m. on Cessna Boulevard. A 911 caller told dispatchers the plane, a single-engine aircraft, had crashed in the area of the runway and had burst into flames. He said witnesses were working to pull the occupants out of the plane.

The pilot, 61-year-old John Wilson of Port Orange, was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. The passenger, 35-year-old Matthew Simmons of Port Orange, was taken via ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were notified of the crash. The Sheriff’s Office does not have additional information to release at this time on the cause or circumstances.

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