The National Transportation Safety Board Federal continued its investigation Thursday into an airplane crash in Daytona Beach that killed an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University student, identified as Zachary Capra, a 2011 Mountain Range High School graduate and U.S. Navy veteran, and a Federal Aviation Administration examiner, identified as John S. Azma, officials said.
The plane owned by Embry-Riddle crashed Wednesday on Tomoka Farms Road near the Daytona Flea and Farmers Market in Volusia County.
Officials said the plane was accomplishing a touch-and-go landing at the time of the crash.
“There are thousands of this airplane out there. Today, we are looking at this airplane and this airplane alone and their maintenance practices,” said an NTSB official.
The NTSB said the wreckage from the Piper PA-28 will be taken to a controlled environment in Jacksonville, where it will be examined further.
No distress call was made from the people aboard the Piper PA-28 plane, Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood said.
"The wing flew off, and all of a sudden, we thought it was going to hit us, and then all of a sudden, it just fell, and the airplane went straight down," said an eyewitness who chose to remain anonymous.
Chitwood said it appears the plane broke apart in midair because the tail of the plane was found 100-200 feet from the wreckage.
"It could have been a lot worse. Fortunately for us, the plane crashed in a field. All you see behind us is cows, but a quarter of a mile to the north, and you are in the flea market and the campground," Chitwood said.
It's not clear where the plane was headed, but Chitwood said a preliminary investigation revealed it was on a training flight from Daytona Beach International Airport.
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