By Patricio G. Balona

Two people escaped death when their airplane crashed into a tree and broke into pieces at the Spruce Creek Fly-in in Port Orange on Thursday, officials said.

Volusia County 9-1-1 dispatchers said the incident occurred on Cessna Drive at the Spruce Creek Fly-in at 12:02 p.m. Two people were on board the Piper Malibu that hit a tree on take-off, officials said.

“One person was transported non-emergency for evaluation/treatment of non-life-threatening injuries,” said Volusia County sheriff’s spokesman Andrew Gant.

The other person on the plane was not hurt, said City of Port Orange spokesman Mike Springer.

Springer said the city’s fire department responded to the plane crash and discovered that the aircraft went off the runway and into some trees during takeoff.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which took over the investigation of the crash said the airplane was a single-engine Piper PA-46-310P. The aircraft crashed on the Spruce Creek Country Club golf course southwest of Spruce Creek Fly-In airport.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the plane crash. The NTSB will be in charge of the investigation.