Friday, May 24

Victim in small plane crash at Treasure Coast International Airport identified

In front of Aviator College on the grounds of Treasure Coast International Airport, flowers are being laid on top of a small sedan.

The owner of that sedan, 22 year-old Maria Valentina Guillen, was an instructor at the college.

The plane she was in was being looked over Monday by investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board.

Guillen, and a second person on board, had to be freed by fire-rescue when it crashed Saturday afternoon at the airport.

The name of that second person in the plane, who was taken to the hospital, has not been released.

Who was flying the plane has yet to be released.

A woman watching the NTSB investigation from the fence line, said it was her sister who was on board the plane.

She said Guillen was from the small town of Salta, Argentina and had been an instructor at Aviator College for the past four years.

No one from the college replied to WPTV’s messages about what happened over the weekend. However, WPTV did see students consoling one another on the campus.

An Aviator College plane was involved in a fatal crash last August where a wing came off, and a flight instructor was killed after the plane crashed into a metal building in St. Lucie County.

WPTV’s anchor and reporter Jon Shainman reached out to the AOPA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, about a 20-year study their group had done with regards to flight training safety.

In that time, there was a 50% reduction in the fatal accident rate surrounding instructional flights.

A spokesperson attributed that to better training, better technology, and an engaged community focused on safety.

The FAA periodically inspects all operators and requires them to take appropriate action to address any issues, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

The NTSB will have a preliminary report out on this weekends crash within 30 days.

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