Plane crashes into central Florida building; 2 believed dead

Author: Associated Press

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – A small plane from a flight training school in central Florida has crashed into a storage warehouse, and an official says two people aboard are believed dead.

City spokesman Kevin Cook said the plane crashed Thursday morning into a building owned by Key Safety Systems in Lakeland. The company designs, develops and manufactures automotive safety systems including air bags and seatbelts.

Witnesses saw a plane in distress around 10 a.m. When officials arrived, the warehouse was on fire.

Cook said the plane was a Twin Engine Piper Apache.

He said there are chemicals in the building, and hazmat crews are working to get inside.

Cook says the victims are believed to be a student and an instructor. There was no one inside the warehouse.

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