1 killed, 1 seriously injured when small plane crashes in Miramar
Third person struck by debris, treated at the scene
MIRAMAR, Fla. – A small plane with two people on board crashed Tuesday morning in Miramar, killing one of the occupants, authorities said.
The Piper PA-34, which is registered to the Wayman Aviation flight school, crashed in the area of Pembroke Road and Hiatus Road.
Police officers from the Pembroke Pines and Miramar police departments initially responded to the scene.
According to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen, the plane crashed while attempting to land on Pembroke Road at 9:30 a.m.
Dashcam footage sent to Local 10 News shows the plane striking powerlines in the area before crashing to the ground.
According to Bergen, the plane departed from North Perry Airport and the pilot told air traffic controllers that he was trying to return to the airport when the plane went down.
Miramar police spokeswoman Tania Rues told reporters that the plane was experiencing mechanical issues before the crash.
She said one of the occupants died at the scene, while the other was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital with serious injuries.
“We do have a third individual who was hurt by debris, and that individual was treated by Miramar Fire Rescue on scene,” Rues said.
Rues confirmed that it was two men conducting a training flight who were involved in the crash, but their identities were not immediately released.
Eddy Luy, Vice President of Wayman Aviation Academy, told Local 10 News that the victim who died was an advanced student and the injured victim was an instructor.
“The flight training is all about emergency operations,” Luy said. “It’s about what happens in case of this, in case of that, and they seemed to have followed those procedures just fine, but the timing was not right for them.”
Tuesday’s crash wasn’t the first time there’s been an issue with one of the flight school’s planes.
Back in August 2018, a single-engine Cessna was forced to make an emergency landing on Interstate 75 due to a mechanical issue.
An instructor and student were flying from Punta Gorda back to the flight school when they experienced engine troubles.
The two men managed to walk away unharmed.
And in 2016, a twin-engine Piper Seneca flying over the Everglades went down after losing power during the flight. An instructor and student pilot were rescued from that crash.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating Tuesday’s fatal crash. The probable cause of the accident will be determined by the NTSB, Bergen said.
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