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Two killed in Merritt Island plane crash

Two killed in Merritt Island plane crash

The two who died were on board the plane, according to Brevard County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Maria Fernez.

» Aircraft Accidents | Friday, June 13, 2014 • firstcoastnews
Nobody on the ground was injured after the plane crashed between two houses.

The first call came in around 8:30 p.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration has been notified.

Update, 10:29 p.m.:

According to the National Transportation Safety Board accident investigation database, Monday's crash would be the XL-2's second fatal accident since 2008.

In that incident, in Australia, the pilot was killed when the plane crashed into a field. A detailed analysis of the cause was not listed. A total of eight accidents involving the XL-2 are listed by the NTSB. Most, including one in Melbourne in 2007, took place during the approach and landing phase

The Liberty XL-2 is designed and built by Liberty Aerospace at Melbourne International Airport. The company in 2012 announced a deal with the Chinese city of Wuhan to sell 200 fixed-wing XL-2s and 200 helicopters.

Update, 10:07 p.m.

The airplane appears to be a lightweight, single-engined sport plane.

Update, 9:51 p.m.:

Resident Colton Primeaux, 11, said he saw a small, white plane after it crashed into a fence in the Merritt Island neighborhood.

He also said he saw an occupant of the airplane after the crash.

"All I could see was the guy, he was laying out his head like sideways," said Primeaux. "It didn't look good at all. He was hurt bad."

Update 9:40 p.m.:


A large piece of the aircraft tail can be seen in a residential yard at the crash scene. It appears to be a tail section. A witness said the plane came down between two houses.

Resident Al Kee said he was out front working on his lawn when the plane came down. "It was a real loud explosion type crash,'' he said in describing what he heard.

Update, 9:12 p.m.:

Brevard County Sheriff's Deputies have closed Paula Avenue near Margaret Street on Merritt Island.

Original report:

A small aircraft has crashed on Merritt Island, north of State Road 520 on the east side of the island. It's not immediately clear what kind of plane was involved or where it departed from.

The scene is near Needle Boulevard, which is east of Courtenay Parkway.

Two people were initially reported killed.

Local authorities are notifying the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Check back with First Coast News and Florida Today for updates on this developing story.
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