Pilot was on first solo banner flight during fatal crash

Commercial pilot Derek Damion Morgan was on his first solo flight of a banner tow plane when he crashed into a 19-story condominium at Fort Lauderdale beach, a newly released federal report says.

Morgan, 28, of Lake Tapps, Wash., state died March 1 during the plane’s collision with the eastern facade of the Berkley South Condominium.

Miraculously, the plane did not catch fire.

Though a resident was inside a condo when the plane crashed into it and about 20 construction workers were on a second floor pool deck where the wrecked aircraft landed after the initial contact with the building, no one else was hurt, authorities said then.

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