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May 22, 2018 10:00 pm

Laura Williams
Office of Media Relations & Public Affairs   

UPDATE:  PLANE CRASH VICTIMS IDENTIFIED

The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office has identified the victims of the plane crash that occurred Tuesday night in Spruce Creek Fly-In near Port Orange.

They are:  Nandish Patel.  22, (DOB: 05/05/1996) of Titusville, deceased passenger;  and pilot Chase Zinn, 23 (DOB: 01/16/1995), of Pennsylvania. He remains hospitalized with serious injuries.  The plane was owned by Zinn’s family.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the plane crash.

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SMALL PLANE CRASHES IN SPRUCE CREEK FLY-IN; 1 VICTIM KILLED, 1 CRITICALLY INJURED 

Volusia County sheriff's deputies and detectives are on scene in the Spruce Creek Fly-In gated aviation community in Port Orange where a small single-engine, private plane has crashed, killing one person and critically injuring a second.

The crash occurred tonight around 7:30 on the community's north side, in the 2500 block of Taxiway Echo. The plane, carrying two men, narrowly missed hitting a home. No injuries were reported on the ground.

One crash victim was pronounced deceased at the scene; the second was transported by ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center where he is in critical condition. Rescue officials are trying to identify the victims and notify their families. A National Transportation Safety Board representative has already been on scene tonight and will resume the investigation Wednesday. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is also due to join the investigation.

A Volusia County sheriff's deputy will be posted at the crash scene throughout the night. This remains an active investigation.  

Volusia County Sheriff's Office

Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4689 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352

Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151

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