POLK COUNTY, Fla. - The two people who died in a weekend plane crash in central Florida have been identified.
Authorities said 60-year-old Suzanne Broadbelt of Zephyrhills died at the scene of the Sunday morning crash near Winter Haven. Gary Lawrence, 61, of Inverness was taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he died a short time later.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation and Safety Board will conduct an investigation to determine the cause of the crash.
"You feel terrible and it doesn't matter whether you know the pilot of the passenger or whatever. Flying here is fun and people shouldn't die," said witness Neke Visse.
Winter Haven police say the pilot of the Airborne Windsport experimental aircraft was performing touch and go maneuvers when the plane hit the ground, flipped and slid almost 200 feet. There was a wind gust, which police say could have played a factor in the crash.