Sunday, June 20, 2021

Cessna 172N Skyhawk II, N2797E: Accident occurred June 18, 2021 in Jupiter, Palm Beach County, Florida

Federal Aviation Administration / Flight Standards District Office; South Florida 

Aircraft experienced engine failure and crashed.

Palm Beach Flyers LLC

Date: 18-JUN-21
Time: 22:35:00Z
Regis#: N2797E
Aircraft Make: CESSNA
Aircraft Model: 172
Event Type: ACCIDENT
Highest Injury: MINOR
Aircraft Missing: No
Flight Phase: EN ROUTE (ENR)
Operation: 91

TEQUESTA, Florida —  Martin County Fire Rescue responded to an aircraft emergency in the area of S.E. Turnbridge Drive in Tequesta just after 6:30 p.m. on Friday.

The Cessna 172N Skyhawk II crashed in an isolated, swampy area of Tequesta.

Officials said two patients were transported to local hospitals. One person was transported by ambulance and the other by helicopter.

Investigators determined the passenger is a flight instructor and the pilot is the instructor's student. The flight instructor is currently in critical condition at St. Mary's Medical Center in West Palm Beach and the student was transported to Jupiter Medical Center for minor injuries. Rescue crews say they are both expected to survive.

Flight records show the plane is registered to Palm Beach Flyers LLC based out of Boca Raton. No one at that corporation was available for comment on Saturday.

The Martin County Sheriff's Office says the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are now leading the investigation. The NTSB has not released any details about the investigation.

The identities of the flight instructor and student remain unknown.

Investigators have not determined the cause of the crash but they say a mayday call before going down.

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