November 4, 2011

Further information on second plane crash

Arnold's Towing arrives at Key West Airport to remove
the twin engine jet from the runway. Photo by Lt. Mitch Snider.

Key West – The pilot and co-pilot of a twin engine jet which crashed at the Key West airport Thursday told investigators the plane’s brakes failed upon landing.

Their story is similar to that told by the pilot and co-pilot of a plane that crashed in Key West on Monday night.

Pilot Jose Tomas Batista, 55 of Hollywood Florida, and Co-Pilot Frederico Andres Machado, 43 of Fort Lauderdale said they were en route from Fort Lauderdale and the flight was going well until them attempted to apply the brakes upon landing in Key West and nothing happened.

The FAA and the NTSB were both on the scene Thursday and will be the agencies assigned to investigate the cause of the crash. All three passengers – Paula Carriero, of Fort Lauderdale,  Fred Davis of Toms River, New Jersey and William Daughenbaugh of Linville, New Jersey – walked away from the crash. There were no injuries.

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