Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Piper PA-28R-200, N55612, Father & Daughter Aviation LLC: Incident occurred July 12, 2017 near Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Father & Daughter Aviation LLC:   http://registry.faa.gov/N55612

Aircraft force landed on a levy.

Date: 12-JUL-17
Time: 15:46:00Z
Regis#: N55612
Aircraft Make: PIPER
Aircraft Model: PA28
Event Type: INCIDENT
Highest Injury: NONE
Aircraft Missing: No
Damage: UNKNOWN
Activity: UNKNOWN
Flight Phase: LANDING (LDG)
City: HOLLYWOOD
State: FLORIDA




Two men survived without injuries Wednesday after their Piper single-engine plane made an emergency landing in the Everglades at the edge of western Broward County, authorities said.

The fallen plane prompted rescue helicopters from two counties and the U.S. Coast Guard to help.

First on the scene, about six miles southwest of Interstate 75, was the Coast Guard’s orange MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.

The crew — pilots Lt. Drake Thornton, Lt. Mark Amendolara, flight mechanic L.A. Walker and rescue swimmer Ian Jobs -- were in the middle of patrolling the Atlantic Ocean, looking for migrants or drug smugglers off Miami, when they got the call.

After flying northwest at 130 mph, they were above the sawgrass and the fixed-wing aircraft in about 15 minutes.

“Two crew members were out of the aircraft, and appeared to be making phone calls,” Thornton said of the men. “We landed on the levee a little bit away from them and sent our rescue swimmer to confirm that nobody was injured.”




Amendolara said the levee travels in a north-south direction and the plane was pointed south. Its left wheel appeared damaged.

The crew offered the two men a lift to U.S. Coast Guard Station Miami at Opa Locka Executive Airport, but they wanted to stay with the plane, Thornton said.

“We were happy they were calm and everything was OK,” Amendolara said.

The Coast Guard was soon joined by helicopters from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, whose crews checked things out and, not being needed, departed.

It was ultimately determined that the crash happened in Broward County, about a mile west of Everglades Holiday Park which extends west from the end of Griffin Road, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said.




The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating and said the crash happened about 11:30 a.m.

The Piper is based at North Perry Airport in Hollywood, said Allan Siegel of Broward County Aviation, which manages that air field.

“The tower chief received a mayday transmittal from the aircraft and it ditched west of U.S. 27, about 14 miles west of the airport,” Siegel said.

The plane is registered to a corporation called Father & Daughter Aviation LLC which has an address in an apartment building in the 19300 block of Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach. It was not known how it would be towed out of the Everglades.

http://www.sun-sentinel.com

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