ZELLWOOD, Fla. - Authorities are investigating what caused a small plane to crash and burst into flames in central Florida. The plane crashed Sunday evening near the Orlando North Airpark in Zellwood, about 20 miles northwest of Orlando.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said Monday that the single-engine plane was headed to Dunnellon, but it crashed into a field at the end of the runway just after takeoff, killing the pilot. The plane was registered to Dunnellon-based missionary organization Indigenous People's Technology and Education Center.
Its founder, Steve Saint, identified the pilot Monday as Josh Guthrie. He was the only person on board. Saint said Guthrie was flying a plane donated so Guthrie could gain experience flying and maintaining that type of aircraft.