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Plane in Florida crash owned by Spicer businessman

Daryl Ingalsbe, pilot, talks in October about the views he had when he flew around the world. Ingalsbe remembers Russia being the most different place he visited. That experimental plane that crashed Tuesday in the front yard of a home in the Spruce Creek Fly-In community is reportedly owned and manufactured by Independent Technologies, which lists Daryl Ingalsbe as the owner and CEO. 1 / 7
Daryl Ingalsbe, pilot, pushes his Epic air craft out of his air plane hanger at the Willmar Municipal Airport Thursday, Oct. 13. Ingalsbe is on his way to Oregon for a business meeting. Briana Sanchez / Tribune2 / 7
Daryl Ingalsbe, pilot, prepares for a flight to Oregon Thursday, Oct. 13, at his air plan hanger at the Willmar Municipal Airport. Ingalsbe has been flying since 1990. Briana Sanchez / Tribune3 / 7
Daryl Ingalsbe, pilot, lifts off Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Willmar Municipal Airport. Ingalsbe is going to Oregon for a business meeting. Ingalsbe says his plane is his "freedom machine." Briana Sanchez / Tribune4 / 7
Daryl Ingalsbe, pilot, steps off his plane Thursday, Oct. 13, at his air plane hanger at the Willmar Municipal Airport. Ingalsbe is preparing for a business trip to Oregon. Briana Sanchez / Tribune5 / 7
Daryl Ingalsbe, pilot, taxis an Epic aircraft Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Willmar Municipal Airport. He built this plane in 2009. 6 / 7
This shows the cockpit of the built his Epic aircraft that Daryl Ingalsbe built in 2009. Ingalsbe flew this aircraft around the world as part of an Epic air craft trip.7 / 7

Editor's Note: More photos of plane N669WR have been added.

WILLMAR – A plane reportedly owned by a Spicer businessman crashed in a residential neighborhood in Florida Tuesday night, killing both people on board.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the 2009 single-engine Epic LT plane crashed in heavy fog just before 6 p.m. in a front yard in the Spruce Creek Fly-In community of Port Orange, Florida.

The plane narrowly missed two houses.

No one on the ground was injured but two people in the plane were killed.

The names of the victims have not been yet released but according to a story published in the Dayton Beach News-Journal, an Epic aircraft with the FAA registration of N669WR left Willmar on Tuesday and after stopping in Tennessee was scheduled to arrive at Spruce Creek at 5:58 p.m.

That experimental plane is reportedly owned and manufactured by Independent Technologies, which lists Daryl Ingalsbe as the owner and CEO.

Besides having a residence in Spruce Creek Fly-in, Ingalsbe also has a home in Spicer.

  

Earlier this year, the West Central Tribune featured Ingalsbe in an article about a 21-day trip around the world where he flew his fixed wing, single-engine turboprop Epic airplane – along with his partner and New London businesswoman, Deb Solsrud – with two dozen other aviation enthusiasts.

Named the “Odyssey,” the trip was the first of its kind to incorporate experimental aircraft and included other owners of Epic planes as well as a documentary film crew. That trip, which was expected to be recognized by Guinness World Records, began July 7 and included stops in 21 cities in countries on three continents.

In a post to the Facebook page, the Volusia County Seriff’s Office said a witness who reported the crash said he saw the aircraft fly into the fog and that the plane was “in an inverted flat spin when he came out of the fog.”

Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson told the News-Journal it looked like the plane stalled or came down in a spin.

"It came pretty much straight down," Johnson said. "It appears as though it barely missed two houses."

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West Central Tribune: An Epic journey: Pilot Daryl Ingalsbe is part of world aviation tour

Daytona Beach News-Journal story: Plane in double-fatal crash missed approach

Daytona Beach News-Journal story: 2 die in plane crash at Spruce Creek Fly-In

Daytona Beach News-Journal video: Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson

Daytona Beach News-Journal video: Plane removed in deadly Spruce Creek Fly-In crash

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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