Plane crash at Daytona Beach airport leaves student, pilot dead


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - A student and pilot died in a plane crash at the Daytona Beach International Airport Monday night, according to authorities.

Emergency crews responded to the single-engine plane crash at the airport off Clyde Morris Boulevard around 10 p.m.

"There was a ball of flame upon the impact," said Dave Byron, with Daytona Beach International Airport.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a student and pilot who were practicing taking off and landing were killed in the crash. The student and pilot were from Phoenix East Aviation School, one of two flight schools based at the airport.

"Obviously, any time there's an impact like this law enforcement has to respond immediately to determine whether, in fact, there was any foul play involved, and, so, that's standard procedure. They come investigate, kind of do some initial investigations, and then turn it over to (the National Transportation Safety Board).

The cause of the crash is under investigation. The victims' identities haven't been released.