Pilot in deadly Lake Worth plane crash had license revoked by FAA

Philip Castronova (Facebook)

The pilot killed in Sunday's plane crash in John Prince Park had his license revoked 21 years ago, according to documents just obtained by CBS12.

The Federal Aviation Administration revoked 70-year-old Philip Castronova's pilot's license in Sept. 19, 1997, according to records. Castronova had made "fraudulent or intentionally false" statement on an application for medical certification.

Castronova's license had also been suspended for 180 days in 1995 due to several violations.

The day of the crash, Castronova and his wife, 39-year-old Mandy, were flying in from Key West, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. A family member said the couple has their two dogs on board as well.

Witnesses saw the twin engine Cesna turn up, spin, then go "straight down." Investigators said the plane was supposed to land at the Lantana Airport.

It's unclear what caused the crash.

Any other witnesses to this tragic plane crash are asked to reach out to the NTSB via email at or call 202-314-6290.

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