Friday, December 18, 2020

Socata TB10 Tobago, N5547Y: Fatal accident occurred December 17, 2020 near North Perry Airport (KHWO), Hollywood, Broward County, Florida

This is preliminary information, subject to change, and may contain errors. Any errors in this report will be corrected when the final report has been completed.

The National Transportation Safety Board did not travel to the scene of this accident.

Additional Participating Entities: 
Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; Miramar, Florida 
BEA - Bureau of Investigations and Analysis (BEA - Bureau d'EnquĂȘtes et d'Analyses)

Octopus Flying Club Inc 

Location: Pembroke Pines, FL
Accident Number: ERA21LA080
Date & Time: December 17, 2020, 16:37 Local 
Registration: N5547Y
Aircraft: Socata TB10 
Injuries: 4 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General aviation - Personal

On December 17, 2020, about 1637 eastern standard time, a Socata TB10, N5547Y, was destroyed when it was involved in an accident near Pembroke Pines, Florida. The pilot and three passengers were seriously injured. The airplane was operated as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91 personal flight.

According to a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) inspector, a witness reported that he heard the airplane’s engine sputtering and missing during the engine run-up and during the subsequent takeoff roll. The witness further reported that he observed the airplane climb to an altitude that was just above the height of the control tower, and subsequently noticed smoke west of the airport.

Review of FAA audio communications revealed that there was no distress call made by the pilot.

According to ADS-B data, the first target associated with the flight was located just past the departure end of runway 28L. The flight continued in a west-southwesterly direction about 0.6 nautical mile past the departure end of the runway where the last target was noted over Honeywoods Park.

Examination of the accident site by an FAA inspector revealed an initial impact point that was consistent with the left wing impacting a tree about 8 ft above ground level. The wreckage came to rest about 180° opposite the direction of flight among trees. The cockpit and cabin areas were consumed by a postcrash fire. The engine, which was separated from the airframe but found in close proximity to the main wreckage sustained fire damage.

The wreckage was recovered for further examination.

Aircraft and Owner/Operator Information

Aircraft Make: Socata 
Registration: N5547Y
Model/Series: TB10 NO SERIES 
Aircraft Category: Airplane
Amateur Built: No
Operating Certificate(s) Held: None
Operator Designator Code:

Meteorological Information and Flight Plan

Conditions at Accident Site: VMC 
Condition of Light: Day
Observation Facility, Elevation: KHWO,9 ft msl
Observation Time: 16:40 Local
Distance from Accident Site: 1 Nautical Miles
Temperature/Dew Point: 24°C /21°C
Lowest Cloud Condition:
Wind Speed/Gusts, Direction: 10 knots / , 340°
Lowest Ceiling: Broken / 1800 ft AGL
Visibility: 10 miles
Altimeter Setting: 30.06 inches Hg
Type of Flight Plan Filed: IFR
Departure Point: Pembroke Pines, FL
Destination: Marathon, FL (MTH)

Wreckage and Impact Information

Crew Injuries: 1 Serious 
Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Passenger Injuries: 3 Serious 
Aircraft Fire: On-ground
Ground Injuries: N/A
Aircraft Explosion: None
Total Injuries: 4 Serious
Latitude, Longitude: 25.99468,-80.25662 (est)

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Family members confirmed the death of a man who suffered injuries during a December plane crash from an airport in Pembroke Pines.

The wife of Joseph Issac confirmed he passed away Saturday in a hospital from injuries he suffered during the December 17th crash when the plane went down not far from North Perry Airport.

Stella Issac said her husband was surrounded by family and friends, adding that their two children who were also in the plane at the time of the crash are recovering from their injuries.

The plane went down around 4:30 p.m. in the area of Pembroke Road and University Drive. Federal Aviation Administration officials said four people -- including two adults and two children -- were on the single-engine SOCATA TB10 Tobago when it went down shortly after leaving the airport.

Multiple sources say the pilot is a Miramar police sergeant, but it was not confirmed if Issac was that pilot.

PEMBROKE PINES, Florida (WSVN) - A small plane with two adults and two juveniles on board has crashed at a park near North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines.

7Skyforce hovered over the scene at Cinnamon Place Park, in the area of Pembroke Road and Jodi Lane, about a mile southwest of the airport, just before 5 p.m., Thursday.

According to Pembroke Pines Police, all four people on board the aircraft have been accounted for.

“The occupants were already outside of the airplane upon emergency personnel arriving,” Pembroke Pines Police Capt. Al Xiques said. “They did suffer injuries and were immediately transported to a local hospital. I know that their condition is serious.”

The four people on board survived the crash and were transported to Memorial Regional Hospital.

They have since been transferred to Jackson Memorial Hospital for further treatment, with one of the victims being airlifted to the Miami hospital. 7News cameras captured a man entering the hospital with, what appeared to be, burns on his face.

A friend of the passenger said the man’s two children were on board the aircraft, and the pilot is a police officer. One of the children had bandages covering both arms, 7News cameras showed.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the SOCATA TB10 Tobago took off from the airport and crashed at around 4:30 p.m.

Kaleb Campbell said he was playing football in the park when the crash occurred.

“When I looked up, I see a smoking plane coming down, coming to hit us,” Campbell said. “We jumped the fence. We ran across the street, and we see everything unfold. It was so scary for us because we were both frozen. We didn’t know how to react to anything, so it was really scary for us.”

Aerial footage captured smoke billowing from the plane’s wreckage, and cellphone footage captured flames shortly after the plane went down.

“There was fire. The fire department, they were already here,” witness Jorge Nino said. “I saw the two kids and the man sitting over there, and they looked OK. I saw another guy laying down over there.”

Melissa Rene shot video of the billowing smoke thinking a building was on fire.

“This is catastrophic,” she said.

Authorities have not released the names of the four people on board the plane.

“It’s just sad seeing what happened, but knowing that everyone has survived, that’s a very good sign,” Campbell said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash, and the NTSB will be in charge of the investigation.

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