Pilot dies in Southwest Florida plane crash

VENICE — A pilot was killed when a twin-engine plane crashed while attempting to return to the Venice Municipal Airport shortly after taking off.

Authorities say the plane was bound for Lafayette, Ga. The pilot reported engine trouble after taking off from the Southwest Florida airport at 2:05 p.m. Monday. It crashed short of the runway.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports witnesses saw the plane flying low over the beach prior to the crash. Police and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating.

Venice spokeswoman Pam Johnson says the pilot's name has not been released, pending notification of the family.

The newspaper reports a Cessna 152 lost power when it was several feet off the ground and crashed into a building on Dec. 9. The 42-year-old pilot was not injured.

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Comments » 2

Gatorflight writes:

What does the crash of a Cessna 152 (Single Engine Fixed Wing aircraft) on Dec 9th have to do with the twin engine crash? These reporters from NDN need to go have a mandatory drug test. Their thoughts are all over the place!

savethewhalz writes:

in response to Gatorflight:

What does the crash of a Cessna 152 (Single Engine Fixed Wing aircraft) on Dec 9th have to do with the twin engine crash? These reporters from NDN need to go have a mandatory drug test. Their thoughts are all over the place!

The article comes from the Associated Press, not NDN writers.

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