The FAA And NTSB Investigate A Plane Crash That Killed Two People
Two people were killed when their small aircraft struck a storage building in Pembroke Park last week.
According to the story reported by Channel 10, WPLG, the crash happened on Friday, August 29th in Broward County. Authorities have identified the victims onboard the 1969 twin-engine Aero Commander 500S as Joaquin Ricalde Magaña. The identity of the second victim in the plane crash was not released at the time of the report.
Police investigators say that the flight originated in Pompano Beach with a final destination of Opa-Loka. The plane had taken off less than 10 minutes before it crashed into an industrial area in Pembroke Park at 9:00 a.m. The aircraft collided into the fifth floor of a building located at 1781 South Park Road.
The force of the impact was so great that at least one of the engines became separated from the rest of the aircraft, landing some 30 yards away from the fuselage. Debris from the plane was scattered all over the area. The final moments before the crash was captured on surveillance video located at the industrial complex
Emergency crews from Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, Hollywood Fire Rescue, and deputies from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the scene of the plane crash.
A helicopter from Channel 10 clearly showed two bodies outside the aircraft. No one was inside the building at the time of the crash.
One eyewitness, Armando Perez told WPLG’s Jeff Weinsler in Spanish, “I came out and saw the plane and two bodies. Had I gone out a minute earlier, the plane would’ve fallen on me.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said that the registered owner of the plane is Conquest Air, Incorporated, located in Miami Lakes. The company is a cargo carrier that has daily flights from Miami to the Bahamas.
The FAA and the NTSB will be investigating the cause of the crash.