• Victims ID'd in 1 of 2 fatal central Florida plane crashes


    BREVARD COUNTY, Fla. - Investigators have identified two of the four people who died in two separate plane crashes on central Florida's east coast Monday night.

    Two men died when the plane they were in crashed in a neighborhood on Merritt Island Monday evening.

    On Tuesday Brevard County Sheriff's investigators identified the victims of the Merritt Island crash as Jon Brian Kish, 47, and Kenneth Allen Marks, 65. Both men were from Merritt Island.

    According to investigators, Marks was interested in purchasing the plane from Kish and the two were on a test flight when the crash happened. Their flight started at the Merritt Island Airport.

    The plane crash happened around 8:30 p.m. on Paula Avenue near several homes.

    "Our units responded on scene and located an aircraft next to a residence, on the east side of the residence," said Lt. Alex Herrera with the Brevard County Sheriff's Office. "It is very fortunate that it didn't cause any more damage than what it did. No one on the ground or in the residence was injured," said Herrera.

    Residents in the area reported seeing the plane spiraling straight down and then crashing into the neighborhood just after sunset.

    "It could have hit the house if it came this way but it came straight down into the back yard," said resident Colton Primeaux.

    "All of the sudden I heard a boom. The house shook," said homeowner Kurt Smith. "I went out in the garage and I looked in a direct line of sight to my side yard and that's when I saw the airplane."

    The crash knocked out power to homes in the area. The power has since been restored.

    Two dead in crash at Daytona International Airport

    A short time after the Merritt Island crash a student and pilot instructor died in a plane crash at the Daytona Beach International Airport. 

    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, the student and instructor were practicing taking off and landing in a Cessna 172. Both 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).

    Investigators have not released the names of the victims in the Daytona Beach crash, but a man who spoke to Channel 9's Deneige Broom said he was the roommate of the 23-year-old instructor.

    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.

    Investigators from the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to visit the sites Tuesday.

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