• 2 injured when small plane crashes near Port Orange

    By: Jason Kelly

    Updated:

    VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. - Two Port Orange men were injured Thursday afternoon when a small plane crashed at the Spruce Creek Fly-In, the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said.

    The plane crashed at about 1:45 p.m. near Cessna Boulevard, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Andrew Gant said.

    "A 911 caller told dispatchers the plane, a single-engine aircraft, had crashed in the area of the runway and had burst into flames," he said. "He said witnesses were working to pull the occupants out of the plane."

    Photos: Plane crash near Port Orange

    The pilot, John Wilson, 61, was flown to Orlando Regional Medical Center in critical condition, Gant said.

    The passenger, Matthew Simmons, 35, was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center by ambulance to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries, deputies said.

    The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have been notified of the crash, the cause of which remains under investigation.

    No other details were given.

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