Florida Institute of Technology is mourning the loss of four people killed in a routine training flight that crashed on take-off from Palm Beach International Airport at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11. The Piper Seminole aircraft was en route back to Melbourne from the Bahamas as part of a training exercise. Four individuals were aboard the aircraft—two currently enrolled students, the flight instructor and one other passenger. Those killed in the crash:
- Kristopher Joy Henegar, Florida Tech flight student; Memphis, Tenn.; age 22; due to graduate from Florida Tech College of Aeronautics in December
- Dheni “Jenny” Teresa Frembling, FIT Aviation employee and instructor on the aircraft; Melbourne, Fla.; age 26; also a Florida Tech alumna, class of 2006
- Jordyn Leigh Agostini, Florida Tech student and FIT Aviation flight instructor; Broomall, Penn.; age 21; due to graduate from Florida Tech College of Aeronautics in December
The fourth person died later at the hospital from injuries sustained in the crash:
- Kyle Henegar, passenger, brother of the flight student and a Florida Tech alumnus, class of 2008; Palm Bay, Fla.; age 26; Florida Tech Informational Technology employee
Florida Tech has set up grief counseling services for students and employees who wish to utilize them. Meanwhile, a candlelight vigil is planned for Panther Plaza on the Melbourne campus of Florida Tech at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12.
“Words do not do justice to the loss we are all feeling at this time,” said Anthony J. Catanese, Florida Tech President. “As a university community, we are coming together to support each other. We continue to reach out to the friends and loved ones of those lost in this tragedy.”
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