published Sunday, October 14th, 2012

2 killed in Florida small plane crash

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — Federal aviation officials are investigating a small plane crash in central Florida that killed two passengers.

The ultralight plane crashed before noon Sunday at the Winter Haven Municipal Airport. Police say the pilot of the Airborne Windsport experimental aircraft was performing touch and go maneuvers when the plane hit the ground, flipped and slid almost 200 feet.

Police say a wind gust may have played a factor in the crash.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation and Safety Board will determine the cause of the crash in the city about 40 miles southwest of Orlando.

Police say a woman passenger died in the crash and a man was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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