A twin engine plane has gone down in the early morning hours at Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), N6718KW. Just came across the news radio, no other info yet.
FlightAware Flight Tracker N681KW Partenavia SPA P.68C was based in St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands.
GAINESVILLE, FL (AP) – The Federal Aviation Administration says three people were killed when their twin-engine plane crashed near the Gainesville airport.
FAA spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen says the crash occurred about 2:45 a.m. Friday when the plane was cleared for an instrument landing at the airport and visibility was limited.
The wreckage of the plane was found short of the runway at about 7:40 a.m.
The victims’ identities weren’t immediately known. The aircraft was a Partenavia P.68C and was registered to Robert Valle of St. Croix. The FAA says the plane was flying in from Key West. A man who answered the phone at Air Key West, a charter company whose Web site lists Valle as director of operations, declined to comment Friday.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA will investigate the crash.
What I find sad about this one is there is a 24 hour staffed ARFF fire station on the field with a 24 hour FBO. Tower closes around 21:30 and reopens around 05:30 for first airline flight. To bad someone did not realize the aircraft did not make it to the FBO ramp and notified the ARFF personel. Might of made a difference in saving someone. I would assume that close to touchdown they would be on local frequency.