Planes flip at Orlando Executive Airport, leaving 1 dead

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One person is dead and another was sent to the hospital after a plane at the Orlando Executive Airport flipped over during severe weather Thursday, according to the Orlando Fire Department.The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed two people were inside the plane when it flipped over at about 5 p.m. The plane was holding for takeoff on a taxiway while the weather was unfavorable, according to a spokesperson for the airport.The spokesperson said another plane that flipped over did not have anyone inside it.”There was evidence that planes that were parked did get moved around by the wind,” said Orlando Executive Airport director and air traffic controller, Judith-Ann Jarrette. “We get regular weather reports. We all do. And we work closely with the air traffic control tower, so if things get very severe, they’ll hold. In fact, the aircraft that had taxied out for departure was waiting and unfortunately, that system moved in so fast, it was so severe with very heavy gusty winds that it actually flipped the airplane.” Firefighters said they found one person dead when they got to the scene, and the second person in the plane was taken to the hospital as a trauma alert.The National Transportation Safety Board is about to start its investigation.Hangars and other structures at the airport were also damaged during the storms. Note: A previous version of this article stated incorrectly that the incident happened at Orlando International Airport.

One person is dead and another was sent to the hospital after a plane at the Orlando Executive Airport flipped over during severe weather Thursday, according to the Orlando Fire Department.

The Federal Aviation Administration confirmed two people were inside the plane when it flipped over at about 5 p.m. The plane was holding for takeoff on a taxiway while the weather was unfavorable, according to a spokesperson for the airport.

The spokesperson said another plane that flipped over did not have anyone inside it.

“There was evidence that planes that were parked did get moved around by the wind,” said Orlando Executive Airport director and air traffic controller, Judith-Ann Jarrette. “We get regular weather reports. We all do. And we work closely with the air traffic control tower, so if things get very severe, they’ll hold. In fact, the aircraft that had taxied out for departure was waiting and unfortunately, that system moved in so fast, it was so severe with very heavy gusty winds that it actually flipped the airplane.”

Firefighters said they found one person dead when they got to the scene, and the second person in the plane was taken to the hospital as a trauma alert.

The National Transportation Safety Board is about to start its investigation.

Hangars and other structures at the airport were also damaged during the storms.

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Note: A previous version of this article stated incorrectly that the incident happened at Orlando International Airport.

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