DAYTONA BEACH -- Two people are dead after a Cessna 172S crashed as it was departing from Daytona Beach International Airport around 10 p.m. Monday.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said a student pilot and instructor were practicing takeoffs and landings when the crash occurred.
Officials said the plane caught on fire after it crashed near the end of runway 7.
"It was a ball of flames," said Volusia County spokesman Dave Byron. "Airport operations as well as the City of Daytona Beach responded very quickly, within a matter of minutes. I don't know how long it took them to extinguish the blaze. There was a fireball upon the impact."
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We have confirmed both were from Phoenix East Aviation Flight School in Daytona Beach.
Their names have not yet been released, pending next of kin notification.
FAA and National Transportation Safety Board investigators are handling the case.
This crash comes nearly 90 minutes after two people were killed after a plane crashed on Merritt Island.