• Embry-Riddle graduate killed, 2 graduate students injured in Seville plane crash

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    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - One person was killed and two others were injured Saturday afternoon when a small plane crashed in a wooded area in Seville, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

    The Cessna crashed shortly before 2 p.m. less than a mile north of a ranch on Bunnell Road, said Andrew Gant, a Sheriff's Office spokesman.

    A passenger, Jeffrey Luong, 27, of Port Orange, was killed in the crash.


    Photos: Small plane crashes in northwest Volusia County


    The plane's pilot, Mark Repanshek, 26, of Port Orange, was injured.

    Another passenger, Jarrett Bruckner, 24, of Furlong, Pennsylvania, was also injured.

    Both Repanshek and Bruckner were transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

    Both are recovering, but their conditions are not known.

    A 911 call from one of the passengers alerted emergency responders to the crash, but finding the wreckage proved challenging in the dense landscape.

    Channel 9 learned the 2002 Cessna 172 single-engine place is registered out of Maryland.

    The Federal Aviation Administration will investigate what caused the crash.

    Long graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach in 2011.

    Repanshek and Bruckner are online graduate students with Embry-Riddle Worldwide, and Bruckner is a former Embry-Riddle certified flight instructor at the Daytona Beach campus.

    The school’s president released a statement, saying, “The hearts of the entire Embry-Riddle community are with the family and friends of these young men. It deeply saddens us to lose one of our own, and we send strength to those recovering.”

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