Two men were killed Sunday afternoon on November 6, 2011 in an aviation accident when their small plane crashed in a wooded area 30 miles southwest of Gainesville, Florida. The fatal crash occurred shortly after the 1956 single engine Beechcraft T-34 airplane took off on a private airstrip called “Wing Field” in a rural part of Levy County, Florida.
The two men, 74-year-old Ralph Ken Terry and 47-year-old Mike Fuller, were the only two passengers aboard the small plane when it went down shortly after 4:30 p.m. The vintage aircraft was registered to Terry, who was giving Fuller flight lessons. Mr. Fuller was flying the aircraft when it crashed. An eye witness told investigators he heard the plane’s engine “spit and sputter” as it was taking off. Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the fatal plane crash.