Two injured after small plane crash in Central Florida

Posted at 3:42 PM, Jul 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-05 15:42:00-04

PORT ORANGE, Fla. (WTXL) - A pilot and passenger inside a small airplane have been injured after a fiery crash at a Central Florida airport.

Volusia County sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash around 1:45 p.m. on Cessna Boulevard.

A 911 caller told dispatchers the plane, a single-engine aircraft, had crashed near a runway at Spruce Creek Airport and had burst into flames. He said witnesses were working to pull the occupants out of the plane.

The pilot, 61-year-old John Wilson of Port Orange, was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center with critical injuries. The passenger, 35-year-old Matthew Simmons of Port Orange, was taken via ambulance to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) were notified of the crash.

A cause or circumstances surrounding the crash has not been released at this time.