One person died and another was injured on Thursday when high winds toppled a busy plane taxiing for departure at Orlando’s non-commercial Executive Airport.
“The Diamond DA42 Twin Star, along with another unoccupied aircraft, were involved in the weather-related incident at approximately 5 p.m.,” Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Public Affairs Director Carolyn Fennell told WKMG. -TV, an Orlando CBS affiliate.
“One person was already dead when first responders arrived on the scene, and a second was taken to Orlando Regional Medical Center,” Jenny DeSantis, spokeswoman for the Orlando Fire Department, reported. SpectrumNews 13.
Another unoccupied plane also turned around on the other side of the airport.
“There was evidence that the planes that were parked were moved by the wind. … The plane that had taxied for departure was waiting and unfortunately this system moved so fast, it was so violent with very high gusty winds that it actually knocked the plane over,” said Judith- Ann Jarrette, Orlando Executive Airport Manager. WESH-TV, an Orlando NBC affiliate.
Local pilot Nick Hendershot told Spectrum News 13 why small planes like those held at Orlando Executive Airport have flipped over.
“They are mostly lighter than a car. They just don’t have the weight and it doesn’t take much wind to get them airborne. You start approaching winds of 60, 70 miles an hour something like that, it’s very easy for this thing to get lifted off the ground,’ Mr Hendershot told the station.