110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Oct 31, 2013 - 4:23:50pm
At 7:45 p.m. April 12, 2012, a kit-built aircraft crashed nose-down into the roof of the Publix store at Northgate Plaza in DeLand.
Now, the National Safety Transportation Board has released information that the plane's engine had been involved in an earlier, fatal crash.
The NTSB said a search on the serial number of the 1978 Lycoming's 300-horsepower engine revealed it had been installed on a Piper PA aircraft that crashed March 7, 1993, killing two people, "after it experienced a partial loss of engine power during takeoff, in Big Bear City, California."
The NTSB narrative includes an interview with Thomas Rhoades, a commercial pilot who was in the plane that crashed into the DeLand Publix.
Read what he said, and read the whole story in the Oct. 31-Nov. 3 Weekend edition of The Beacon. To subscribe to The Beacon online, click here. For a list of newsstand locations, click here. To have the print edition mailed to your home twice a week, send your address via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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