Plane misses runway, crashes into fence in Pompano Beach

POMPANO BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - A plane crashed Thursday morning after missing the runway at Pompano Airpark.

According to Pompano Beach Fire Rescue, the single-engine Piper Cherokee 6 airplane overshot the Pompano Airpark runway, located at 1001 NE 10th St. The plane then crashed into a fence, around 10 a.m.

The plane was having engine trouble shortly after take off.

“As they landed, the plane wouldn’t slow down,” said Pompano Beach Fire Rescue spokesperson Sandra King. “They were going at approximately 120 miles per hour. They made a decision. There was no way they could land the plane. They tried to take off again. They ran out of runway and banked the plane, and that’s when they crashed into the fence.”

A 50-year-old male pilot and 61-year-old male passenger were on board, but officials said they were not injured.

“It’s a miracle that both of these pilots walked away with one scratch,” said King. “One of the occupants had flip flops on and was not injured. He had one Band-Aid.”

Fire rescue said the plane has been deemed a total loss.

On Wednesday afternoon, there was a similar incident at the same airport. A small plane had a rough landing and spun around.

No one was injured in that case, and there was only minimal damage to that plane.

The exact cause of Thursday’s crash is under investigation.

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