A fiery plane crash that left three people dead, including a 4-year-old boy, Taylor Bishop, in Pembroke Pines Florida. The devastating crash was caught on a Ring video. The small aircraft can be seen careening into an SUV with a mom and her son inside. Both occupants of the plane died, and the boy later died at the hospital.
Local 10 identified the boy as Taylor Bishop.
The plane took off from North Perry Airport and crashed shortly after 3 p.m. Monday, March 15, 2021, in the area of SW 72 Avenue and 12 Street, very close to the airport, a Pembroke Pines Fire Department spokesperson told CBS Miami. You can watch the video here or later in this post.
The FAA told the news outlet the plane was a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza. NBC Miami reported Tuesday the woman had been released from the hospital.
Here’s what you need to know:
Megan Bishop Worked at a Local Elementary School, & Her Son, Taylor, Was Only 4
The mom was released from the hospital following the catastrophic crash, but she left without her son, 4-year-old Taylor Bishop, who died in the hospital in the hours after the crash. Megan Bishop is a paraprofessional at Hollywood Hills Elementary School, according to Local 10.
Bishop was identified at a Broward School Board meeting Monday night. The school board held a moment of silence for the family.
Authorities told the news outlet the SUV was traveling north on 72nd Avenue when the falling plane smashed into the front of the vehicle. The boy was wearing his seatbelt, they said. The plane also took down a power line in its rapid descent, shortly after takeoff.
“My heart is shattered watching the news today and seeing the tragic crash and the passing of Taylor,” a loved one wrote on Facebook. “My love, hugs, and prayers go out to Megan Bishop aka Ms. Kiki, Gisele Bishop and Amanda Brasso.”
‘We Heard Like a Bomb,’ Said Anabel Fernandez, Who Caught the Footage on Her Ring Video Doorbell
Anabel Fernandez caught the video on her Ring device and told CBS Miami she lives there with her children, and they often go on walks together. She was still in shock when she talked to news reporters, she said.
“We heard like a bomb, like a tremendous noise and everything was on fire and it dived into a car,” said Fernandez. “I live right here. I walk with my babies every day. The plane could have got us all. I am in shock.”
The 22-second video opens as the SUV enters the frame. A “whoosh” can be heard as the plane falls from the sky, making contact with the ground just as it slams directly into the vehicle head on. A fire was quickly ignited, and high flames appear on the footage. At least one voice can be heard shouting in the background.
An Engine Failure May Have Been the Cause of the Plane Crash, Which Occurred Shortly After Takeoff
A Pembroke Pines Fire Department spokesperson told CBS Miami that a possible engine failure was reported in the moments before the fatal plane crash. The official cause of the crash is still under investigation by The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board. The large fire was ignited due to jet fuel spilling onto the roadway.
Both people inside the plane died, along with the boy who was in the SUV. The woman driving the SUV was in critical condition in the hospital Monday night and later released. The Bishops were trapped in the vehicle after the crash and extricated, then taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood.
The plane came to a rest on the ground against an airport fence, NBC Miami reported.
Five Crashes Have Been Reported in the Neighborhood Since Last Year, & Several of Them Have Been Fatal
Herman Gaston, who lives in the neighborhood, said he has witnessed multiple plane crashes from his home in the residential area bordering the small airport.
“Normally this is a concern about everybody around here because this has happened often enough to get concerned,” he said.
Local 10 reported there have been five crashes in the area since last year, and several of them have been fatal.
The airport describes itself on its website as “the second busiest general aviation airport in Florida.” The airport includes four runways, and the longest is 3,350 feet.
The flights are entirely civilian. The airport, HWO, was constructed by the U.S. Navy in 1943 to serve as a satellite training field in connection with the Miami Naval Air Station. Broward County purchased the airport from the Navy in 1956. The airport’s media facts sheet includes its safety record.
“18 consecutive years of zero discrepancies for the annual Florida Department of Transportation airport inspection,” it says.