Flight instructor, passenger killed in Volusia County plane crash identified

A flight instructor and passenger who were killed when their plane crashed in a wooded area in Volusia County this week have been identified.

Miroslav D. Velickovich, 61, of Tybee Island, Georgia, and passenger Miguel Duarte, 34, of the Peruvian Air Force, were killed in Wednesday’s crash, according to the city’s sheriff’s office. Volusia County.

The FAA said the single-engine MX Aircraft MX2 took off from Spruce Creek Fly-in Airport for training exercises around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The plane was located by the Air One helicopter from the sheriff’s office in Osteen, near Pell Rd. and Ashby Ln. around 19h

The plane reportedly sent an emergency signal to the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center before crashing, which was reported around 6 p.m. The sheriff’s office’s Air One helicopter located the wreckage in a wooded area around 7 p.m. near Lopez Road in Osteen.

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Authorities initially said one person had died and would have been the only person on board.

“Because the downed plane was heavily damaged and upside down, and it was impossible to immediately confirm the number of occupants. It was initially thought that only one person was on board, but it was later reported that two people (a flight instructor and a passenger) were on the plane,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash. Details about what led to the accident are not yet known.

According to the NTSB, the plane was on an aerobatic training flight. An investigator responded to the scene to document the scene, examine the aircraft and gather other information including air traffic communications, radar data and weather reports.

It is the second small plane to crash in central Florida in less than a week. A pilot had to make an emergency landing on an Orlando-area road last week because he ran out of fuel and didn’t have enough to get back to the airport.