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Pilot killed after small plane crash near Boynton Beach home

Witness says she saw plane make nose dive before crash
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Posted at 1:44 PM, Mar 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-06 23:47:43-05

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — One person is dead after a small plane crashed Friday behind a Boynton Beach home in the Dos Lagos community.

The crash occurred about 1:15 p.m. inside the gated community, located east of Congress Avenue and south of Miner Road.

Boynton Beach resident Kelly Nuccitelli said she was on her way to the gym when she saw the crash.

"I literally looked at to my right and saw a small yellow plane, so distinctive, taking a nose dive," she told WPTV NewsChannel 5. "You know, like, when you go to an airshow and they take a dive straight down. I literally saw this beautiful, yellow plane going straight down."

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane crashed into a tree in the backyard of the home shortly after taking off from the Lantana Airport.

Aerial views showed the mangled plane on the ground next to the tree and a swimming pool.

The FAA said the pilot was the only person on board.

"I was so hoping I was seeing things," Nuccitelli said.

Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the crash.

According to the FAA, the National Transportation Safety Board will determine the probable cause of the crash.

Watch the full interview with Nuccitelli below:

Resident witnesses small plane crash in Boynton Beach (5 minutes)

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