Two killed in Merritt Island plane crash

( - Two people were killed Monday night when their single-engine, light airplane crashed into an east Merritt Island residential neighborhood.

No one on the ground was hurt, and little damage was done to homes on Paula Avenue. The airplane came down between two homes, narrowly missing a porch and a portion of fence. A power line was damaged, causing a blackout.

According to a Brevard County Fire Rescue and Sheriff's Office spokeswomen, both people aboard the Liberty XL-2 were dead at the scene. A small fuel leak was reported, and power was still out in the neighborhood more than two hours after the crash.

The names of the victims and the owner of the plane were not released late Monday. FAA registration records indicate the airplane was built in 2006 and was registered to a Brevard County address.

Resident Colton Primeaux, 11, said he saw the small, white plane after it crashed.

He also said he saw an occupant of the airplane after the crash.

"All I could see was the guy," Primeaux said. "It didn't look good at all. He was hurt bad."

Resident Al Kee said he was out front working on his lawn when the plane came down. "It was a real loud explosion-type crash," he said in describing what he heard.

Weather in the vicinity was calm at the time of the 8:30 p.m. incident.

Merritt Island Airport is not far from the crash site, but there was no indication where the flight originated or its destination.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board accident investigation database, Monday's crash would be the XL-2's second fatal accident since 2008.

In that incident, in Australia, the pilot was killed when the plane crashed into a field. A detailed analysis of the cause was not listed.

A total of eight accidents involving the XL-2 are listed by the NTSB. Most, including one in Melbourne in 2007, took place during the approach and landing phase

The Liberty XL-2 is designed and built by Liberty Aerospace at Melbourne International Airport.

The company in 2012 announced a deal with the Chinese city of Wuhan to sell 200 fixed-wing XL-2s and 200 helicopters.


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