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Three Individuals Tragically Killed in DeLand Plane Crash

October 07, 2019

DELAND, FL – According to an online news report at, three individuals tragically perish in a small plane crash that occurred over the weekend in Volusia County.*

In the evening hours, a small plane went down in a wooded area and became engulfed in flames, per Volusia County deputies. The pane was a Cessna 421, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Local officials are working with the FAA in order to determine what caused the accident.  There are no further details on the accident at this time.  An investigation is ongoing.

There are several causes of small plane crashes. These are as follows:

  • Pilot error.  The majority of small plane crashes are caused by pilot error.  Unlike commercial pilots, a significant amount of small aircraft pilots fly as a hobby, making it impossible for them to rack up a sufficient number of flyer miles to become more experienced.

  • Inclement weather.  Unlike large commercial planes, small planes are affected more severely when there is inclement weather.  Specifically, twelve percent of all small plane crashes are caused by poor weather conditions.

  • Running a plane on empty. Paralleling pilot error, fuel starvation or flying without sufficient gas reserves can cause a plane to inevitably crash.  Per the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, small plane crashes occur rather frequently due to running out of fuel.

  • Hitting an object. When a small plane strikes a stationary object, such as a tower, can have deadly consequences.  In essence, striking an object can tear a small aircraft into pieces.

  • Wildlife.  According to the Federal Aviation administration, many non-commercial planes strike wildlife such as vultures, Canadian geese, and deer (while on the runway), which can have devastating consequences for a pilot and his or her passengers.  

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