Pilot, Passenger Survive Aborted N. Perry Takeoff

PEMBROKE PINES (CBSMiami) – Two people aboard a small private plane escaped serious injury Saturday morning when the plane failed to gain altitude on takeoff at North Perry airport, crashing into a fence at the end of the runway.

Pembroke Pines Fire rescue spokesperson Tom Gallagher said the pilot and a single passenger were aboard the single engine plane as it tried to take off at the airport in Pembroke Pines just before 9 a.m.

The Federal Aviation Administration, which is investigating the incident, said the plane failed to get airborne as the pilot was attempting a takeoff.

The pilot attempted to bring the plane back down, but appears to have run out runway. The FAA said the craft crashed into a fence at the end of the airport’s runway 36.

The pilot was reported to be unhurt, but Fire Rescue said the  passenger was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

FAA records say the plane is an experimental, amateur built aircraft first certified to fly in 2003, and owned by Barbara Buzzi of Hollywood.

The names of the pilot and passenger were not immediately available.

The crash is under investigation by the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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