• Engine failure possible cause of fatal Daytona Beach plane crash


    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Investigators believe a single-engine plane that crashed at the Daytona Beach International Airport Monday night might have suffered engine failure.

    Flight instructor Marlene Mork, 22, and student Gabriel De Souza Marinho Falcao, 22, were killed in the crash at the airport off Clyde Morris Boulevard about 10 p.m.

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


    Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board spent Tuesday at the crash site investigating.

    Early indications are the Cessna 172 may have lost power to its engine, which ultimately caused it to crash.

    According to the FAA, the student and instructor were practicing taking off and landing in the aircraft. Both were from Phoenix East Aviation School, one of two flight schools based at the airport.

    A man who spoke to Channel 9 said he was Mork's roommate.

    "She was the nicest person I've ever met. She was amazing. She's just too young," he said.

    The man said the instructor had been with the school for at least two years and had a love for flying.

    The single-engine aircraft was brand new and only had about 100 hours of flying logged, officials said.

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