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TWO RESCUED AFTER PLANE CRASH NEAR SPRUCE CREEK FLY-IN
Two people were rescued Friday morning after their plane crashed into a wooded area shortly after take-off from Spruce Creek Fly-In near Port Orange.
The crash was reported to the Sheriff’s Office around 6:40 a.m. near the 2600 block of Bravo V Circle. One of the 911 callers reported the plane was upside down with its wings stripped off. “He’s moving – he answered me – I’m going to go out to the road so I can direct the responders,” the caller told a VCSO dispatcher as he ran. “Tell them to come to my house and I’ll get them out into the swamp.”
The victims, 65-year-old Alan Kanabay and 64-year-old Wendy Kanabay, both of Illinois, were pulled from the downed aircraft soon after first responders arrived – Alan Kanabay at about 7:18 a.m. and Wendy Kanabay at about 7:45 a.m. They were transported to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where they were listed in stable condition later Friday morning.
The Federal Aviation Administration responded to investigate and determine the cause of the crash.
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