Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Aero L-39C Albatros, Jet Fighters International Inc., N57XX: Incident occurred March 16, 2016 in the Everglades, Broward County, Florida

Date: 16-MAR-16 
Time: 23:01:00Z
Regis#: N57XX
Aircraft Model: L39
Event Type: Incident
Highest Injury: None
Damage: Unknown
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
FAA Flight Standards District Office: FAA Miami FSDO-19
State: Florida



BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Broward County Fire Rescue crews responded to a jet that made an emergency landing in the Everglades, while crews also responded to a fire in that same area Wednesday night.

The incidents happened just two miles apart from each other.

The jet landed just east of U.S. 27, north of I-75, and about three miles west of the Sawgrass Expressway, fire officials said. The two people on board were not injured and were taken to the Sawgrass Recreation Park. 

The type of jet has been used as a military fighter jet trainer, but has grown in popularity among private pilots in the U.S. 

"I looked up and it was a jet," Steve Radak, who was out fishing at the time of the landing, said. "It was about 200 feet or less." 

The Federal Aviation Administration reports that the pilot was flying an "experimental Aero Vodochody aircraft" that was headed to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport when the aircraft experienced an engine-related problem. 

Authorities said the pilot landed on a levee.

A couple of miles from the crash site a fire was burning, and smoke from it could be seen just east of U.S. 27 in Weston. 

Crews aren't sure how it started, since there wasn't any lightning or storm clouds around. Fire crews, with the assistance of the Florida Forest Service, also responded to the fire. 

The FAA is investigating the jet crash, and forestry officials are now working to determine if the emergency landing and the fire are connected. 

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A small jet with two people on board made an emergency landing Wednesday night in the Everglades near Sawgrass Recreation Park, according to Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue.

The jet landed on a levee in the park, which is east of U.S. 27 and north of Interstate 75. Mike Jachles, a spokesman for fire rescue said in a tweet that an airboat was used to reach the plane's occupants.

No one was injured, he said.

It was not clear Wednesday night what caused the jet to land in the Everglades.

Original article can be found here:

A small jet made an emergency landing in the Florida Everglades in western Broward County Wednesday night, officials said.

Two people were aboard the jet when it landed east of U.S. 27 and north of Interstate 75 near Sawgrass Recreational Park, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue officials said.

No one was injured. It's unknown what forced the jet, from Jet Fighters International, to land.

Original article can be found here:

A small plane made an emergency landing on a levee in the Everglades, officials said.

The single-engine jet made its descent around 7 p.m. near Sawgrass Recreation Park, east of U.S. 27 and north of Interstate 75, said Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles.

The two people on board were not injured, he said.

The aircraft, an experimental Aero Vodochody plane, was on its way to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport when the pilot reported an emergency after an engine-related problem, said Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters.

On its Twitter account, the city of Weston later tweeted images of the aircraft that had the words Jet Fighters International on its fuselage.

The area where the plane landed isn't easily accessible, Jachles said. A Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue airboat unit was sent out, but couldn't reach the pilot and passenger.

The two were picked up by sheriff's office deputies and a fire rescue battalion chief in a pickup truck and then taken to Sawgrass Recreation Park.

"The plane is probably staying there overnight," Jachles said.

The pilot and passenger have not been identified by authorities.  

The FAA will investigate the incident.

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