Authorities said that a 73-year old Florida man was killed Tuesday when his single-engine, homemade plane crashed into the ground.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred at around 3:30 p.m. after Charles Alban had traded planes with another pilot earlier in the day for a Taylor Monoplane.
The sheriff’s office stated that he tried to take off but lost control and hit a tree.
Alban was taken into a hospital, where he succumbed to unspecified injuries.
Witnesses claimed Alban took the plane to the Blue Ridge Flightpark Airport several times until he was comfortable with it. The sheriff’s office stated that once he was comfortable with the plane, he took off south and planned to fly home from Venice, Florida.
Authorities stated that the plane didn’t appear to rise into the air, but instead veered left and hit the tree.
Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are conducting investigations.