Small Plane Crash in Florida Panhandle Kills Two
The accident occurred at around 4:30 a.m. local time, when a small Beech Sierra C24R (N38029) four-seat aircraft crashed near one of the runways at the Eglin Aero Club, killing the pilot and a passenger, officials from the Eglin Air Force Base told the Tallahassee Democrat.
The fatal victims of the crash were identified as David A. Miles of Shalimar, Florida, a retired Air Force Colonel who was piloting the aircraft, and passenger Thomas E. Lewis of Apalachicola, Florida. According to reports, they were flying routine training maneuvers in Eglin’s traffic pattern prior to the crash. No distress calls were made to air traffic controllers during the incident.
The aircraft was assigned to Eglin Aero Club, which is a civilian flight school and aircraft rental facility that operate at many military bases, providing flight training and small rental aircraft to qualified military and civilian pilots.