Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Champion 7ECA, N2561G: Accident occurred October 05, 2019 in Pembroke Pines, Broward County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida

Aircraft crashed under unknown circumstances in the Everglades. 



Date: 05-OCT-19
Time: 20:17:00Z
Regis#: N2561G
Aircraft Make: CHAMPION
Aircraft Model: 7ECA
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: SERIOUS
Aircraft Missing: No
Activity: PERSONAL
Flight Phase: TAKEOFF (TOF)
Operation: 91

A single-engine plane crashed in the Everglades in western Broward on Saturday, injuring two men who were on board, officials said.

The crash of the Champion 7ECA aircraft happened at 4:15 p.m. about five miles west of Pembroke Pines, in an area accessible only by airboats.

One of the men had to be extricated from the plane, said Pembroke Pines Fire-Rescue Assistant Division Chief Marcel Rodriguez.

He said both victims were in serious condition when they were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.

Rodriguez said he did not know the plane’s flight plan, or what caused it to crash near Johnson Road and U.S. Highway 27.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating, Public Affairs Officer Eric Weiss said. The Federal Aviation Administration also is looking into the crash, said spokesman Jim Peters.

Television news helicopters filmed the wreckage, showing the damaged red-and-white striped aircraft twisted on the ground.

“The aircraft will remain on site until tomorrow morning,” Rodriguez said, adding that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officers will guard the plane until it is removed.

One of the victims was treated as a trauma patient, according to Tweets from the Broward Sheriff’s Office and Miami-Dade Fire-Rescue, which also responded to the crash and helped transport the patients.

When Miami-Dade Air Rescue North and Air Rescue South helicopters arrived, crews found one of the patients onboard a private citizen’s airboat, spokesperson Erika Benitez said.

A flight medic was lowered and “conducted a hoist operation off of the private airboat,” she wrote in an email.

A Broward Sheriff’s airboat and helicopter handled the second patient, Benitez added.

“Thanks to the swift actions and the joint effort by all agencies and the private citizen, both patients were found and transported quickly in order to receive proper medical care,” she said.

Original article can be found here ➤ https://www.sun-sentinel.com

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Those airboats are very handy in a situation such as this. Hope everyone recovers fine.