PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. – Three people were killed and one other was injured when a small plane crashed into a vehicle in Pembroke Pines Monday afternoon.
It happened in the area of Southwest 72nd Avenue and 13th Street.
Two people on board the plane died in the crash, according to the Pembroke Pines Fire Department. There were two other people taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in serious condition, a mother and her son.
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PPFD later confirmed the child, identified Tuesday as Taylor Bishop, 4, passed away as a result of his injuries.
His mother, who was also in the SUV, was identified at a Broward School Board meeting Tuesday as Megan Bishop. Bishop is a paraprofessional at Hollywood Hills Elementary School.
The School Board held a moment of silence for the Bishop family.
A GoFundMe page has also been created to help raise funds for the family and the funeral services for Taylor. The link can be found by clicking here.
According to authorities, the Bishops’ SUV was traveling north on 72nd Avenue when it was hit by the falling plane, which also took out a power line during the crash.
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Megan and Taylor Bishop were injured, and the child was trapped and had to be extricated. First responders said Taylor was wearing his seatbelt.
Tragically, he would not survive his injuries.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the plane was a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza that crashed shortly after it took off from North Perry Airport at approximately 3 p.m.
Witnesses said they saw the plane circling back toward the runway before it took out the power line and crashed.
Several firetrucks and an ambulance arrived, as the plane became engulfed in flames that were extinguished shortly after.
No information has been released regarding the passengers’ identities.
Sky 10 was over the scene Monday at approximately 3:30 p.m. where the wreckage of the small plane could be seen.
A stream of that video footage can be seen below:
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Pembroke Pines police said Southwest 72nd Avenue between 11th Street and 15th Street was closed overnight due the ongoing crash investigation.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will be in charge of the investigation.
This is the latest in a string of crashes in the area. Since last year there have been five, several of which were fatal.
The Broward County Aviation Department released the following statement Tuesday: “The Broward County Aviation Department (BCAD) extends its deepest sympathy to the families of the three people who died on Monday, March 15, 2021, as a result of a plane crash in Pembroke Pines near our general aviation facility, North Perry Airport.
“Regrettably, two persons aboard the single-engine aircraft were killed in the accident, as well as a young child traveling in a vehicle that collided with the plane before it crashed.
“We are saddened by this tragic loss of life and offer our sincere condolences during this difficult time.
“BCAD is cooperating fully with all relevant agencies involved in investigating this aircraft accident, including the Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board.”