Plane Collision on Fla. Runway Kills 2, Critically Injures 2 More

Saturday, March 01, 2008
 

TITUSVILLE, Fla. —  Two people were killed and two others were critically injured after two small planes collided, then burst into flames at a central Florida airpark Saturday, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

One airplane was apparently trying to land when it crashed into another plane on the ground around 8:30 a.m. at the Arthur Dunn Airpark in Titusville, said Scott Gaenicke, public information officer and division chief for Titusville Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

The collision engulfed both planes in flames, said FAA spokesman Warren Woodberry.

The plane on the ground appeared to be taxiing to a ramp area when the other plane slammed into it. Two people who were in the plane that had left the runway were killed, authorities said.

The other plane cartwheeled for about 100 yards before landing belly-up on a grass median at the airport. Bystanders aided two people who were in that plane, which also caught fire. They were flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center with severe burns.

One of the survivors is in “grave” condition and the other is in extremely critical condition, Gaenicke said.
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