A 31-year-old pilot from Pembroke Pines and a 23-year-old Georgia woman were identified as the victims of a plane crash at North Perry Airport. The pilot had obtained his commercial pilot and flight instructor certificates recently. A passenger survived the crash and is receiving medical treatment. The plane has been moved to a secured facility for investigation. The registered owner of the plane has not commented on the incident. Jack Lemnus reported
A tragic plane crash occurred at North Perry Airport, resulting in the deaths of a 31-year-old pilot from Pembroke Pines and a 23-year-old woman from Georgia. The Pembroke Pines Police have identified the victims as Felipe Becerra Cardenas and Shelby Thomas. Felipe had obtained his commercial pilot certificate in June 2020 and his flight instructor certificate in December 2022, according to records from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Fortunately, there was one survivor of the crash, Jamal Hall, a 25-year-old passenger from Georgia who was seated in the back of the plane. He was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital and remains in critical condition as of Monday. It is devastating to lose Felipe and Shelby, with Felipe being the pilot at the time of the crash.
In the aftermath of the incident, the Cessna 172 single-engine plane involved in the crash has been relocated from North Perry Airport to a secure facility in Fort Pierce. The National Transportation Safety Board’s air safety investigator, Aaron McCarter, confirmed this on Monday, stating that the facility specializes in accident recovery and storage.
The ill-fated flight took off from the airport around noon on Friday and quickly descended, nosediving into the ground when it reached an altitude of 100 feet. The registered owner of the plane is Aeroflyin Corp, but the company has not yet responded to requests for comment from the South Florida Sun Sentinel.
It is truly a tragic incident, and our thoughts and condolences go out to the families and loved ones of Felipe Becerra Cardenas and Shelby Thomas..