Pilot of Fiery St. Augustine Plane Crash Chose Shortest Runway, Radio Chatter Reveals

A small plane crashed in St. Augustine, Florida, killing a dog and injuring a couple. Witnesses reported that the plane struggled to gain elevation during takeoff from the airport. The pilot’s decision to use the shortest runway at the airport may have played a role in the crash, according to a recording of the preflight communication between the pilot and air traffic control. Aviation experts said the pilot should have used the longest runway at the airport because the short one did not have the best wind direction for takeoff. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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