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Release Number: 09-324    (09-325)

For Immediate Release

Public Information Office

November 30, 2009   December 1, 2009

Debbie Carter:

(813) 247-8060




UPDATE; DECEMBER 1, 2009 names released


Pilot -  David Harry Berman,  DOB 4-23-56

            5429 San Juan Drive, Sarasota


Co-Pilot Akeem Travas Blake, DOB 4-2-90

                   1542   29th Street, Sarasota




Air plane crash with fatalities


Sunday, November 29, 2009 at 12:51 p.m.


Off of Tangled Oaks Place in Plant City, FL










Airplane Crashes In Eastern Hillsborough County


The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office and Hillsborough Fire Rescue are on scene of a plane crash off Tangled Oaks Place in eastern Hillsborough County.

We were notified of the crash around 11:45 a.m. this morning.


The two people inside the plane died.


Witnesses told deputies they heard the plane's engine sputtering, and the aircraft nosedived into a tree line in the sparsely populated area. The plane came to rest upside down in a pasture.


An investigator with the Federal Aviation Administration is enroute from Orlando to conduct the investigation as to the cause of the crash. The Hillsborough County Medical Examiner's Office will determine the causes of death.


HCSO will release victims' identities at the appropriate time.