Wind may have been factor in ultralight crash - FOX 13 News

Wind may have been factor in ultralight crash

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Authorities say Susanne Broadbelt of Zephryhills died from her injuries at the scene of the crash. Authorities say Susanne Broadbelt of Zephryhills died from her injuries at the scene of the crash.
WINTER HAVEN (FOX 13) -

Two people were killed Sunday morning when an ultra-light plane crashed at the Winter Haven Municipal Airport – Gilbert Field.

The incident occurred just before 11:30 a.m.

According to a Winter Haven Police Department report emergency service personnel were dispatched to the scene after receiving a 9-1-1 call that a Airborne Windsport experimental aircraft impacted the ground, flipped over and slid over 150 feet.

The plane was conducting touch and go maneuvers witnesses say.

Susanne Broadbelt, a 60-year-old Zephyrhills resident, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Gary Lawrence, a 61-year-old Inverness man, was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center where he died a short time later.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to both families as they endure the realization of losing their loved ones," said Winter Haven Police Chief Gary Hester.

A reported wind gust of at least 30 miles per hour may have played a role in the crash. The Federal Aviation Administration responded to the scene and the National Transportation and Safety Board will conduct a full investigation.

The airport is located at 2073 Highway 92 West in Winter Haven.

 

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