SARASOTA — The pilot who died after his small plane crashed near the Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport has been identified.
Authorities say 70-year-old John Ardoyno of Hayward, Wis., was killed in Saturday's crash. His passenger, 63-year-old William Jackson of Ann Arbor, Mich., was badly burned.
Sarasota County Fire Department spokeswoman Capt. Susan Pearson says the seaplane crashed as Ardoyno tried to take off from the airport. Pearson said the plane could not gain enough altitude.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating.