Student Pilot Killed in Plane Crash in Vero Beach, Florida
VERO BEACH, FL. – According to an online news report published by cbs12.com, a student pilot was killed in a plane crash that occurred in Indian River County, Florida, near Vero Beach, Florida. The victim has not been identified at this time, and officials have not yet determined how the plane crash occurred.*
The crash happened at about 11:30 a.m. on March 5 by the Vero Lake Estates in Indian River County. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office reports that it received a call about the crash around that time, but emergency responders did not reach the aircraft until approximately two hours later.
The Florida Forest Service had to dig a pathway to the wrecked plane, according to CBS 12, which had crashed in a heavily wooded area. According to the Federal Aviation Administration and CBS 12, the plane was a Piper PA-28 that had departed from Vero Beach Regional Airport and was headed to Palm Beach County Glades Airport in Pahokee, Florida.
It is not clear at this time why the crash happened or what events led to the collision. CBS 12 reports that the pilot was killed in the crash. The pilot’s name has not yet been released, but the Flight School Academy in Vero Beach confirmed that he or she was a student at the school.
“The entire flight academy is deeply saddened by this,” said Flight School Academy Vice President of Communications Steve Phillips. “We have reaches out to the family and expressed our condolences.”
CBS 12 reports that the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the accident.
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