Pilots OK after small plane crashes at North Perry Airport

PEMBROKE PINES, FLA. (WSVN) - A small plane crashed at a Pembroke Pines airport.

The crash took place on the north side of North Perry Airport, located at 101 SW 77th Way, at around 7:50 a.m., Wednesday.

7SkyForce HD hovered over the scene where firefighters could be seen spraying foam over the wreck.

The two occupants who were on board are said to be OK.

The crashed single-engine Piper PA-38 Tomahawk landed close to the scene of a fatal crash that happened on Nov. 23.

The area is frequently used for flight training.

The plane reported engine problems to the tower shortly after takeoff, and the pilot tried to turn back when it crashed.

“I was sitting in my car, sitting right back here,” said witness Josiah Phillips. “All I see is a plane coming down. I was thinking, ‘Wait a minute, there’s no asphalt here for him to land on. I saw the plane hit, and it bounced off the ground, and it kept going past the building. That’s when I walked over, and I saw the plane turned over over here.”

They missed the runway and crashed through a fence before flipping over.

A man was seen gathering items from the upside-down plane and a few minutes later hugging a small child.

Witnesses were amazed to see the pilots climb out of the wreckage and walk away.

“You gotta believe. That’s the only way to explain it,” said a witness.

“And then we saw the people walking away from it. I was thinking it’s probably gonna explode, so I was like, ‘All right, let me back up a little bit.’ It’s scary, like, you don’t see– plane crashes aren’t normal. You don’t see that every day, so it was weird to see it, but thank God everyone’s OK. That’s all that really matters in the end,” Phillips said.

The plane, seemingly belonging to Everglades Aviation Academy, landed near a tank.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating whatever mechanical issues may have been involved in the plane crash.

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