BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
A student and pilot instructor died in a plane crash at the Daytona Beach International Airport on Tuesday night less than two hours after another small plane crashed in Merritt Island in an unrelated incident, killing two people on board that aircraft.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office identified the two people in the Daytona Beach crash as Marlene Mork, 22 and Gabriel De Souza Marinho Falcao, 22, Sources indicate Mork as a flight instructor from Norway and Falcao a student pilot from Brazil.
Information from the National Transportation Safety Board said the student and instructor were inside the Cessna 172S aircraft when it crashed shortly after takeoff. Preliminary reports suggest the plane suffered some type of engine failure but a full report isn’t expected for several months.
The student and instructor were part of Phoenix East Aviation, a flight school located on the airport’s property.
The Merritt Island crash claimed the lives of John Kish and Kenneth Marks who were on a test flight when the single engine aircraft crashed into a backyard.