By Bob D’Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
ORLANDO — One person died and another was injured after two small airplanes crashed Thursday at a Central Florida executive airport, authorities said.
According to the Orlando Fire Department, crews responded to a report of a crash at Orlando Executive Airport at about 5 p.m. EDT, WFTV reported.
One person was pronounced dead at the scene and another person was taken to an area hospital, according to the television station.
According to Carolyn Fennell, director of public affairs at Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, a Diamond DA-42 aircraft was preparing for takeoff on a runway during unfavorable weather. The plane’s takeoff was delayed during the severe weather, and the aircraft, which had two people onboard, flipped while awaiting clearance.
Officials said a gust of wind caused the aircraft to flip.
The other aircraft was unoccupied, WFTV reported.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority are assisting with the investigation, according to the television station.