Investigation into fatal crash begins

May 22, 2008 7:26:59 PM PDT
The flight instructor and student were performing touch-and-go's...basically taking off and landing?when the Grumman two-seat training aircraft went down in a parking lot just off runway 33. "It hit the parking lot and burst into flames after hitting the trailer that was connected to the loading dock," said Philadelphia police spokesman Lt. Frank Vanore.

Herb Hortman, the owner of Hortman Aviation which owned the plane, said on the climb out there was no indications of any problems whatsoever. He said the tower told the pilot to make a turn as soon as practical. The plane started to make a right turn and then spun to the ground.

The instructor, Adam Braddock, worked for the flight school. Friends and colleagues remember his sense of humor...but also his passion for flying. The 28 year old wanted to be career pilot and had recently interviewed with a commercial airline.

"He just interviewed within the last 10 days, and my feeling is he would have gotten the job," said Hortman.

Charles Angellina of South Philadelphia...was the student in the aircraft. A family member arrived at the airport and soon learned the grim news that the 24 year old Roman Catholic high school graduate had died in the wreckage. He too wanted to be a commercial pilot.

The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, and it could be several months before a final determination is made on what caused it.