1 dead following small plane crash in Port Orange

One person dead is dead following a small plane crash in Volusia County. 

Authorities with the Volusia County Sheriff's Office said a second person on board that plane was rushed to the hospital and remains in critical condition. Luckily, no residents on the ground near the Spruce Creek Airport in Port Orange were injured. 

"The plane was on takeoff and something went wrong," said Austin Mitchell, who lives nearby.  "I heard an engine stall out and start back up, and then the plane crashed into the empty lot right next to me.  Then, I ran over and saw one body, starting pulling him out."

A spokesperson with the Federal Aviation Administration said they believe it was a Cessna 140 aircraft that crashed.  Agents with the  National Transportation Safety Board are now investigating the cause of the crash. 

The investigation is continuing this Wednesday morning and the NTSB and FAA are expected on scene.