MELBOURNE, Fla. (Mar. 01) – All three aboard reported dead when a small plane crashed at Melbourne International Airport on Wednesday evening, according to media reports.
|Three confirmed dead as small plane crashed new Melbourne Int'l Airport, Florida: FAA|
According to details; a single-engine plane, Cirrus SR22, went nosedived off the end of runway during an attempt to land the plane, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reports said.
Airport spokesperson Lori Booker said witnesses who saw the plane crash called in the after the accident.
"We got an eyewitness call that was specific enough that we were able to hone down a specific area in our search," Booker said.
The wreckage was discovered by the rescue workers after one-hour extensive search in the area spotted by the eyewitness.
Airport officials said the stricken plane’s tail number couldn't straight away be identified.
"We have no identification confirmed at this time. The dissemination of the aircraft upon impact has made it very difficult," Booker said.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have already started a joint investigation to establish the reasons behind the plane crash.