Small-Engine Plane Crash at Pembroke Pines Airport Kills Pilot
According to preliminary reports from Broward County officers, a pilot was killed Monday afternoon after the small-engine plane he was flying crashed near North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines. Witnesses to the aviation accident indicate that the pilot was experiencing engine/mechanical problems shortly before the crash occurred and was attempting to return to the airport when he suddenly lost altitude and control of his aircraft.
It was approximately 3:30 p.m. when Broward County dispatchers first received 9-1-1 calls regarding a small plane crash close to the North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines. Local law enforcement officials and EMTs immediately rushed to the scene of the accident at 586 Southwest 77th Way along University Drive and Pembroke Road where they discovered a downed single-engine Lancair Legacy FG aircraft. Unfortunately, once rescuers were able to reach the two-seater, fixed-wing aircraft, they realized that the pilot had already passed away due to injuries he had sustained in the accident. Broward County Aviation Department spokeswoman Arlene Satchell indicated in a statement to local media outlets that the pilot was the only person aboard the aircraft at the time of the accident and that no one on the ground at the airport was injured in the incident.
The identity of the pilot has yet to be released. As with every airplane accident, the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board will be conducting their own internal investigation. The Broward County Sheriff’s Department will also conduct a separate, individual investigation.
Aviation accidents involving small-engine planes are an unfortunate, yet common occurrence here in Florida. Whether it’s due to a pilot error, a mechanical/engine failure such as aforementioned accident, or a sudden change in weather like hurricane-force winds or those daily midday thunderstorms that us Floridians have all become accustomed to…nothing changes the fact that someone lost a family member and loved one in this tragic plane crash.
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