• FAA issues final report in crash of small plane into DeLand Publix


    WASHINGTON - The Federal Aviation Administration released its report on the crash of a small plane into a DeLand Publix.

    The report found that the pilot of the aircraft, Kim Presbrey of Chicago, was new to the plane. Presbrey was the only fatality in the April 2012 crash.

    The report also said the plane had not been flown in nearly three years, prior to the crash and that it had transponder issues and quit working in mid-air.

    The plane had just taken off from the DeLand Municipal Airport when it suddenly lost power and crashed into the Publix in the Northgate Shopping Center on International Speedway Boulevard.

    The plane's copilot and three shoppers in the store were injured in the crash.

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