Single-Engine Airplane Clips SUV and Crashes in Pembroke Pines Neighborhood
The bustling community of Pembroke Pines made national headlines earlier this week as three people were killed after a single-engine airplane presumably suffered an unspecified mechanical failure and crash-landed close to North Perry Airport on Monday, March 15th, 2021, in South Florida. The entire fatal aviation accident was captured by a neighborhood Ring doorbell video which revealed that right before the aircraft came to a stop in a grassy patch of land, the small Beechcraft Bonanza collided with an electrical power line and an SUV that happened to be driving through the area.
According to reports from multiple responding law enforcement agencies including the Pembroke Pines Fire Department and the Florida Highway Patrol, it was approximately 3 p.m. Monday afternoon when the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza carrying one pilot and one passenger was cleared for take-off from the North Perry Airport in Broward County. Within minutes of the aircraft’s ascension and clearance from the runway, a yet-to-be-determined occurrence caused the plane to reverse course and head back to the airport.
As the small airplane attempted an aeronautical about-face and entered the airspace near the 1300 block of Southwest 72nd Avenue from above, it clipped a set of electrically-charged power lines causing the aircraft to spiral into an out-of-control nose-dive. Almost immediately after this incident, an SUV carrying a 35-year-old Hollywood Hills Elementary School paraprofessional and her 4-year-old son entered the vicinity traveling northbound along Southwest 72nd Avenue through the residential neighborhood. It was at this point that the Ring doorbell camera captured the plane crashing into the SUV with enough force to split the vehicle in half. The Beechcraft Bonanza’s deadly collision course was finally interrupted as it came to a rest in a grassy field and burst into flames.
The two occupants inside the airplane at the time of the accident died upon impact. The mother & son duo from the SUV were rushed from the scene and transported to Memorial Regional Hospital for emergency medical assistance. Sadly, due to the extreme nature of his injuries, the 4-year-old was unable to recover and he passed away shortly after arrival.
It should be noted that within the past five years, the North Perry Airport has reported 14 aviation accidents – an alarmingly high statistic for any airport, regardless of its size and location. Authorities with the Broward County Aviation Department are currently working in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board to determine the cause of this catastrophic event.
James O. Cunningham
Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.