No injuries after small plane crashes in Pompano Beach

 

jsimmons@MiamiHerald.com

A small plane crashed a few feet away from a house near the Pompano Beach Airpark Friday morning, clipping a power line and dumping fuel onto the ground where it hit.

No one, including pilot James Smith, 75, was hurt.

"This could have had much more tragic consequences," said Broward Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mike Jachles. "It’s very fortunate nobody was injured, in the air or on the ground."

Smith took off from the Airpark to head to Tampa and have the Beech 36 aircraft serviced, but the plane had mechanical problems and he turned back at about 6:30 a.m., Jachles said.

He almost made it to the Airpark, crashing into a street near North Dixie Highway about a quarter mile northwest. The plane came to rest against a chain-link fence outside of a home, surrounded by trees.

"A few more feet in either direction and he would’ve been in somebody’s house," Jachles said.

Florida Power & Light repaired the damaged powerline. Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the FAA is investigating the crash.

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