Daytona Beach, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - An Embry Riddle plane crashed just before 10 Wednesday morning in a cow pasture off of Tomoka Farms Road in Daytona Beach.
The two men on board died. They were identified by the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as U.S. Navy veteran Zachary Capra and highly experienced pilot examiner (designated by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, abbreviated as FAA) John S. Azma.
Capra, 25, was a student pilot who was planning to graduate this summer with a bachelor's degree in Aeronautics. He served in the Navy from 2012 to 2016.
Azma was a highly decorated FAA-designated pilot examiner as well as a pilot proficiency examiner and flight instructor. He had at least 20 years of flight experience and nearly a dozen unique jet aircraft-type ratings. His proficiencies encompassed many aircraft, from single-engine piston aircraft to multiengine turbine powered jets
The crash was reported by witnesses who saw the plane go down around 9:54 a.m.
In a 911 call a man says, "The wing came off in the air. The wing is on one side and the fuselage is on the other side."
The incident happened so quickly that not even a distress call was sent out.
It appears the plane crashed just minutes after leaving the Daytona International Airport.
Sheriff Mike Chitwood said this could have been much worse. He said, "Fortunately for us, the plane crashed in a field and all that's around us is cows. A quarter of a mile to the north and you're in the Daytona flea market."
The crash investigation will be handled by federal authorities from here on.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is conducting an in-depth investigation.