All four occupants of a small plane were hospitalized after the aircraft crashed Thursday in Pembroke Pines.
The plane went down around 4:30 p.m. in the area of Pembroke Road and University Drive, not far from North Perry Airport.
Federal Aviation Administration officials said four people -- including two adults and two children -- were on the single-engine SOCATA TB10 Tobago when it went down shortly after leaving the airport. Multiple sources say the pilot is a Miramar police sergeant.
“The occupants were already outside of the airplane upon emergency personnel arriving. They did suffer injuries,” said Captain Al Xiques, spokesperson for the Pembroke Pines Police Department. There is no word on their conditions.
Lyn Estelles, who owns a business near North Perry Airport, says he’s concerned after multiple crashes this year. Since May, there has been four other plane crashes near the airport.
Estelles fears the next one may be in his parking lot.
“I might just pull in, and God forbid, something happens where it clips a tree or it’s the actual building itself,” Estelles said.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Nearby roads were shut down as a result, and drivers were asked to avoid the area.
The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.