Twin Beech Hits SUV And Terminal, Three Killed
All three people on board were killed when a Beechcraft Duke crashed shortly after taking off from Gainesville (Fla.) Regional Airport on Sunday. The airplane hit a Ford Explorer in the airport parking lot then both vehicles crashed through a wall into the terminal. The airplane had just been fully fueled, and an intense fire ensued. Nobody on the ground was hurt. No distress call was made, an FAA spokeswoman told The Associated Press. The pilot, Guiseppe Basile, 69, was a retired University of Florida engineering professor. Steve Varosi, 40, was a former student. Also on board was Varosi's nephew Michael Varosi, 12. The two men had been working on an autopilot system together, according to The Gainesville Sun. The terminal was closed for repairs, but reopened on Monday.