Monday, April 7, 2014

Daytona Beach International Airport (KDAB), Florida

Bad weather flips plane, downs trees and power lines in Daytona Beach

Rough weather passing through the east Volusia County area flipped an airplane at the Daytona Beach International Airport and damaged others, officials said Monday night.

According to Amanda Bowen, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Melbourne, 52 mph winds and heavy rain blanketed the Daytona Beach area at 6:30 p.m. At that time, a Cessna plane with two people on board was taxiing on the runway at the Daytona Beach International Airport, and the strong winds flipped it over, Bowen said.

“Two people were on board, but they were not harmed,” Bowen said.

The Cessna plane was coming in for a landing when it was overturned by the high winds, said Bill Snyder, Division Chief with the Volusia County Fire Services.

“As far as I undertsand there is no real damage to the runway,” Snyder said.

Volusia Sheriff's spokesman Brandon Haught said the Cessna plane sustained a rip in the right wing. There were reports of damages to other planes, Haught said.

Haught said the bad weather also downed a tree into power lines near a hotel on West International Speedway Boulevard, brought down power lines in a yard at 2507 Bellevue Ave and knocked a tree down that blocked most of the lanes of Orange Avenue at 1028 Orange Avenue.

There were also reports of traffic lights not working at Jimmy Ann Drive and Dunn avenue, Haught said.

Bowen said the stream of bad weather moved off the coast, and the Daytona Beach area will not see any more rain until Tuesday morning.

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