Volusia County

1 Injured in Flight School Plane Crash in Pierson


One person was injured in a plane crash in Pierson on Sunday, according to a release from the Volusia Sheriff's Office that evening. The incident occurred near the Pierson Municipal Airport at 100 E. Washington Ave.

According to the VSO's statement about the incident, the plane was attempting to make its landing with two occupants Sunday afternoon when things went off track. The plane flipped in the landing, eventually coming to a stop upside down with some damage visible.

Of the two occupants, one was injured with what the VSO described as 'minor injuries'. Thankfully, they averted severe injury while the other passenger was said to have been uninjured.

According to data from the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane is a Cessna fixed-wing single engine manufactured in 2006. It was last issued a certificate by the FAA in 2019, with a listed expiration in 2029.

The plane's listed owner is Phoenix East Aviation, a pilot training flight school operating out of Daytona. The school has listed locations at both the Daytona Beach International Airport and the Flagler executive Airport, though this accident in particular occurred in the town of Pierson, just north of DeLand and directly west of Daytona Beach.

It's not clear how the crash occurred or whether a student was in control when the incident occurred. Records show the plane took off from Daytona Beach International Airport at 6:13 pm and stayed in the air for 95 minutes, taking an indirect path toward Pierson.

Phoenix East Aviation has been contacted for comment, and any response received will be added to this article.