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Local victim in Fla. plane crash identified

Friday, November 12, 2010

Officials are investigating a fatal plane crash that killed four including a young pilot from our area.

Jordyn Agostini, 21, of Broomall, Delaware County, graduated from Marple-Newtown High School in 2007. She was bright, a scholarship winner with a passion for flying; her sights were fixed on obtaining a commercial pilot's license.

To get to that dream she chose a large Florida flight school, Florida Institute of Technology. She was 38 days from graduating.

Last night, Agostini was aboard a Piper Seminole, a dependable well regarded workhorse of a light twin engine aircraft. Those also on the plane were Jordyn's boyfriend, Kris Henegar, also a student, Henegar's brother Kyle, a school employee, and 26-year-old Jenny Frembling, a flight instructor.

The four had cleared customs and taken on fuel at Palm Beach after flying back from the Bahamas on an international training flight.

The plane had just lifted off from Palm Beach at about 6:00 p.m. and immediately radioed it had engine problems

The fiery crash was witnessed by scores of onlookers including some aboard commercial flights.

"Some saw it, most people didn't really know what it was, but I saw it, it was a plane," witness Jamie Smida said.

Jordyn Agostini was excited about yesterday's training. On her Facebook page she typed this message: "flying to the bahamas with Kris as PIC!!! please don't text/call me from 8am til about 8pm...gonna be a great day!" [PIC stands for Pilot in Command]

That was posted about 12 hours before the fatal crash.

It is not clear who was flying the plane at the time of the crash.

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