MIRAMAR — Two people on board a small plane that crashed near a Miramar shopping were rushed to a hospital with serious injuries Monday night, police said.
The crash happened around 10:40 p.m., next to the River Run shopping plaza near Palm Avenue, at 9933 Miramar Parkway. It is anchored by a Publix.
The plane, a two-seater, single-engine Cessna Skyhawk, crash-landed on a sidewalk, with a palm tree and a light pole on its right, parallel to bushes that abut the shopping center parking lot. It’s unclear if the plane was attempting to land in the parking lot.
The two occupants survived the crash, but had to be trauma-alerted to Memorial General Hospital by Miramar Fire Rescue. No details on their injuries or identities were provided by police.
No one on the ground was injured, according to Miramar Police spokesperson Tania Rues.
Shards of aluminum, shattered plexiglass and a pair of broken aviator headphones lay in the parking lot in front of River Run Animal Hospital early Tuesday.
The Skyhawk is known for being “the ultimate training aircraft” for student pilots due to its simplicity, slow landing speed, and lenient stall, according to the company’s website.
Records show the plane that crashed is registered to UAN Venture Partners, LLC, in Odessa, Fla. According to FlightAware.com, the plane took off from Naples, Fla.
Roads were closed for hours overnight, specifically Palm Avenue, from Miramar Parkway north to Miramar Boulevard. By 6 a.m., roads were reopened.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the crash.