A twin-engine Beechcraft 76 clipped the roof of a home and crashed into a ball of flames in the backyard of a home in the neighborhood of Pompano Beach, Florida, today, Tuesday, April 26, 2016.
The pilot of the aircraft was identified as Geoffrey White (40) who was flying with 2 international students, Sylvia Mena (23) from Ecuador and Fernando Diaz (25) from Peru. All 3 people were severely burned and are in serious condition and are being treated at the Ryder Trauma Center burn unit in Miami.
The aircraft is registered to the Florida Aviation Academy, which has operated a flight school at the Pompano Beach Airpark since 1993. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane’s registration had expired on February 29, and a re-registration form was submitted March 22 but was not yet processed. Calls placed to the academy were not answered.
The debris from the plane was strewn across four homes. Federal investigators were on the scene to investigate the crash site as salvage crews prepared to remove the wreckage.
No one on the ground was injured, but residents in the area said the low-flying air traffic from the flight school over their homes was a tragedy just waiting to happen.