HOMESTEAD (CBS4) – Two people were killed when a small plane crashed near Homestead on Saturday.

According to a FAA spokesperson, the single engine fixed wing aircraft known as an ultra light plane crashed under unknown circumstances at a private airstrip near Homestead just after 10:30 a.m.

The man and woman who died inside the plane were members of a flying club that frequently met there to fly for pleasure.

The pilot’s best friend said he’s puzzled by the tragedy and told CBS 4 News the pilot had been flying for at least 30 years.

“He was a professional in every sense of the word,” said Mike Bigelow. “I just can’t imagine how this happened. It’s a tragedy and I just want everybody to know that he was a great human being and a great pilot and we’ve lost someone today that we shouldn’t have.”

National Transportation Safety Board investigators spent the afternoon talking to witnesses and trying to figure out what went wrong.

“Some saw it flying straight ahead. Some saw it spinning in a right turn,” said Jose Obregon, an air safety investigator for the NTSB.

Members of the flight club said it was a windy day. NTSB officials said at this point they don’t know what caused the crash. It could be a week or even a year before they determine that fact.

It was an accident that sent neighbor Lucrecia Arndack running outside of her home.

“I just heard a big bang and it almost sounded like something had hit my wall,” said Arndack.

Nearby she said she saw members of the flight club tending to the wreckage.

“They were yelling ‘Take him out of the plane’ because there was fuel and they were afraid that it might catch fire,” she remembered.

In the end when they pulled the pair out of the plane it was too late. Both were pronounced dead on the scene.

Police have not released the names of the pilot or his passenger.

Comments (4)
  1. Carol says:

    This is what happens when you try to fly a motorcycle or a lawnmower they are not build to fly they crash.


  2. hangarcat says:

    Ultralights=death machines
    Richard’s Field a known haven for pilots unable to pass licence renewal physical!

  3. Rick says:

    “Richard’s Field a known haven for pilots unable to pass licence renewal physical!”
    A very defaming remark to say he least. I own an airplane at Richard’s and have a current 1st class medical. I also pass an FAA simulator evaluation every 6 months as a 747 Captain. To make light of a tragedy with comments like that only shows you ignorance.

  4. James says:

    I believe the previous two comments show ignorant they are about the situation. The airplane was not an ultralight but a design that is certified in the US and also flown by private owners and governments around the world.
    How do we know there was not a mechanical problem that lead to the crash? Let’s not pass judgement until the NTSB has completed its investigation.
    I have visited Richards Field and found airline pilots, instructors and other pilots who are passionate about flying, and very safety conscious. Our thoughts are with the families and those at Richards who lost 2 friends and fellow pilots who shared the joys of aviation.

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