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Small plane lands upside down in the Everglades

2 people on board plane sustained minor injuries

Training flight makes emergency landing in Everglades
Training flight makes emergency landing in Everglades

WEST BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – A single-engine Cessna 172 made an emergency landing early Thursday afternoon in the Everglades, authorities confirmed.

Sky 10 was above the scene shortly before 1:30 p.m. where the plane could be seen overturned and on its roof.

A student and instructor from Wayman Aviation out of North Perry Airport were in the plane that was in the midst of a training flight.

“A Cessna 172 took off from North Perry Airport around 10:30 this morning. They were airborne for about 90 minutes when the pilot says he lost power,” Michael Kane, Battalion Chief, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, said.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said in an email to Local 10 News that the plane landed in a field. Its final stop was a little less than 10 miles southeast of Mile Marker 35 on Alligator Alley in West Broward.

It appears the plane skimmed across the grass for a bit before it flipped over, but both men aboard had only minor injuries.

Fortunately, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue has a station not too far away, and crews were able to get to them in two air boats and get the men back to shore.

After the air boats arrived back at the docks, the pilots were taken to Cleveland Clinic.

Local 10 learned from the flight school that the pilots were doing some advanced flying, training to fly by instruments only.

The plane remains in the Everglades as the FAA investigates the incident and the National Transportation Safety Board has also been notified.


About the Authors:

Ian Margol joined the Local 10 News team in July 2016 as a general assignment reporter. Born in Miami Beach and raised in Broward County, Ian is thrilled to be back home in South Florida.

Amanda Batchelor is the managing editor for Local10.com.