NTSB holds briefing on Davis Islands plane crash

Posted at 11:53 AM, Mar 18, 2016

UPDATE: A National Transportation Safety Board official is holdng a 1 p.m. briefing at Peter O. Knight Airport on Tampa's Davis Islands to update reporters about a deadly plane crash on Friday at the municipal airport near downtown Tampa.

Original story I Two dead in Cessna twin engine plane crash at Peter O. Knight Airport

Emergency crews responded to a plane crash at Peter O. Knight Airport. just at 11:30 a.m. on Friday.

The Tampa Police Dept. told the media that two people died in the crash, which happened as the plane was departing the airport on Davis Islands.

The aircraft was a twin-engine Cessna 340. Local authorities say the FAA and NTSB will be taking up the investigation. 

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According to, the only plane departing at the same time was heading to Pensacola, but never made it there.

That plane is registered to local company Ninerxray Inc. with ties to Tampa pilot, Steven Dendrinos.

When reached by phone Friday afternoon, he was too upset to talk.
"I just heard the bang," said Emily Povey, who lives right across the street from the airprot. "I didn't see any flames until it was down that way a little bit."
Early reports indicated a second plane may have somehow been involved.
One witness, who did not want to be identified, described hearing a similar bang and then seeing a second plane fly away.
"Right now there are a lot of different stories circulating and right now it would be up to the FAA to do that investigation," said Mark Bogush, District Chief at Tampa Fire Rescue.

According to a Wikipedia entry, the 340 is a six-seat, twin-piston engine produced by Cessna between 1971 and 1984.

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Peter O. Knight Airport, Davis Islands