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Small plane crashes in Daytona Beach, one person dead

There are 40 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from May 25, 2009, titled Small plane crashes in Daytona Beach, one person dead. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

A small plane crashed this morning at Daytona Beach International Airport and one person is dead, reports show.

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Annie

Norristown, PA

#29 May 25, 2009
hmmmmmmmmmmmm in carlsbad wrote:
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"A man killed in a plane crash this morning at Daytona Beach International Airport has been identified as businessman Douglas Clark, 80, of Port Orange, Volusia County spokeswoman Vickie Pleus said. His 45-year-old son, Douglas Andrew "Andy" Clark, is in critical condition at Halifax Health Medical Center, she said.
Airport officials said the two have been lessees at the airport for more than 20 years. They were affiliated with Commonwealth Aviation and Airport Storage, operating hangars and storage units at the airport, Pleus said. "Doug and Andy Clark have been longtime friends of the airport and are well-known leaders of our community, said Dennis McGee, director of aviation at the airport.
Authorities said the Aero Commander Model 500 twin-engine aircraft took off at 8:43 a.m. on a 3,200-foot runway and seconds later called the airport's tower and attempted to loop back toward the main runway. It crashed about 200 feet from the main runway.
Both men were entrapped in the wreckage until they could be freed by rescue workers. No flights were delayed or cancelled, Pleus said"
Where oh where does it say his pilot licensce was revoked? Does the russian mob have insider info the OS doesnt get????
Do you always believe everything you read?, Try searching the Pilot License data base, you'll see.
Michael Grant

Mount Dora, FL

#30 May 25, 2009
Beats me. The DBs I search show Andrew had a valid 3rd class Medical and certs for Private Pilot, Multi-Engine, etc.

BTW: it's the acrobatics on the ground that are a pain - ground looping sucks.:-)
Seen This Saw That

Tallahassee, FL

#31 May 25, 2009
Michael Grant wrote:
Beats me. The DBs I search show Andrew had a valid 3rd class Medical and certs for Private Pilot, Multi-Engine, etc.
BTW: it's the acrobatics on the ground that are a pain - ground looping ****.:-)
You've hit the Prop on the Nail! Those ground looping stunts r the darndest things a Pielot could do.
SFL

Jacksonville, FL

#32 May 25, 2009
Accept defeat wrote:
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Root cause: aerobatics.
Shouldn't loop a plane in an emergency nor perform rolls, stalls, barnstorming, wing-walking, or any other stunts.
YEa I'm pretty sure a non pilot wrote this story. Looped is a very stupid word to use in a case like this. Surprised no one has started to scream that a man that old should not be at the controls, and that planes should not be flying out of DAB over their neighborhood
Sarah

Griffin, GA

#33 May 26, 2009
My prayers are with you wrote:
My husband was a pilot and died in a plane crash 24 years ago. I know all too well the pain. My heart goes out to the family.
I am so sorry for your loss. There's a lot of insensitive people out there. If it were one of their relatives they would be singing a different tune. My prayers are with the family of the pilot and his son.
nsb

Port Orange, FL

#34 May 26, 2009
I agree an old man should not be at the wheel.
camille clark

Orlando, FL

#37 May 26, 2009
Sarah wrote:
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I am so sorry for your loss. There's a lot of insensitive people out there. If it were one of their relatives they would be singing a different tune. My prayers are with the family of the pilot and his son.
thank you. I am the daughter of Andy Clark (12 years old). He was the pilot by the way
camille clark

Orlando, FL

#38 May 26, 2009
thank you. I am the daughter of Andy Clark (12 years old). By the way, he was the pilot.
Good Luck

Orlando, FL

#39 May 26, 2009
I am sorry for the loss of your grandfather and for what happened to your father but please do not read these posts...stay away. The same sick crazy people post insulting remarks whenever there is any kind of accident and someone dies.

May God bless your entire family.
camille clark wrote:
thank you. I am the daughter of Andy Clark (12 years old). By the way, he was the pilot.
Airplanes

Waterloo, AL

#40 May 26, 2009
WHAT HORRIBLE DISASTER!!! IT MAKES ME CRY! aND TO SAY...I LOVE AIRPLANES!!!!
Sherry Tucker Swanson

Brookfield, CT

#41 May 26, 2009
Camille, I am so sorry for your loss. I went to school with your father. Andy, you, and the rest of your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
KLC

Melbourne, FL

#42 May 26, 2009
Uh, you did this yesterday, only with a different headline. Slow news day?
KLC

Melbourne, FL

#43 May 26, 2009
camille clark wrote:
thank you. I am the daughter of Andy Clark (12 years old). By the way, he was the pilot.
Tell your mother you need better supervision and shouldn't be on this site.
Kami Krieger - Illinois

Park Forest, IL

#44 May 26, 2009
My mother is Doug Clark's cousin. When our family received the phone call yesterday about Doug and Andy -it was devastating news. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Clark family. Our prayers are focused now on a complete recovery for Andy and peace for Lois and her family.
what

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#45 May 26, 2009
whats with all the geriatric pilots lately. 80? I mean come on!
Michael Grant

Mount Dora, FL

#46 May 26, 2009
what wrote:
whats with all the geriatric pilots lately. 80? I mean come on!
Read the article closely.

The 80 year old was not the Pilot-in-Command. His son was the pilot.

To the family, my condolences on your loss.
SFL

Jacksonville, FL

#47 May 26, 2009
nsb wrote:
I agree an old man should not be at the wheel.
I would rather have an 80 year old at the controls that half of the people the pilot mills push out as pilots. Age does not mean that he can't do it. To be 80 years old and still flying, it means that you had your shyt right and were a good pilot. But at the end of the day, if your number is up, there is no getting out of it.
Babs

Fruitland Park, FL

#48 Jun 1, 2009
camille clark wrote:
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thank you. I am the daughter of Andy Clark (12 years old). He was the pilot by the way
Camille,
I graduated High School at Spruce Creek with your dad, I am so sorry about what happened and keeping your dad in my thoughts and your family.

Barbara Giacobe
elizabeth hallenbeck

Navarre, FL

#49 Dec 12, 2010
camille i love u and and atleast u have ur daddy now, the guy that cut the breaks shud have died instanly...BITCH! and i cant wait to see u this summer<3
burn out

Cottondale, FL

#50 Dec 14, 2010
I dunno, but 80 years old seems to be quite old to be flying a plane. Maybe age has nothing to do with it in this case but 80 is border-line to drive a car.
Too many possibilities of health concerns.

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