Divers rescue two men after plane crash near North County Airport

Divers rescue two men after plane crash near North County Airport
Divers rescue two men after plane crash near North County Airport

Several public safety agencies were involved in the search off Beeline Highway northwest of Palm Beach Gardens.


PALM BEACH GARDENS – First responders have found the two occupants of a small plane that crashed into a body of water near the North Palm County Airport Wednesday afternoon, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.

Investigators were unable to immediately identify the two men. An ambulance took them to a hospital for treatment. The sheriff’s office had no information on their condition.

Officers arrived at the 11600 block of Aviation Boulevard, off Beeline Highway northwest of Palm Beach Gardens, shortly before 2:15 p.m. and learned that a plane with two people on board had crashed into a nearby body of water. PBSO reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. that rescue crews had found the men.

PBSO did not immediately identify the plane’s owner. The National Transportation Safety Board said it sent an investigator to the scene of the accident Wednesday evening and will be the lead investigating agency.

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An NTSB spokesman identified the aircraft involved as a Piper PA-28, a series of two- and four-seat light aircraft designed for flight training and private use.

According to preliminary information, the plane was about to take off from the airport when it crashed into a swampy area at the end of the runway under unclear circumstances, the NTSB said.

Callers to 911 reported that the single-engine plane had crashed into a lake north of the runway, the Palm Beach County Fire Department reported.

The fuselage of the plane was located underwater by the sheriff’s Eagle helicopter. The two occupants of the plane were brought to shore in the helicopter’s rescue basket.

Dive teams from the Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach Gardens Fire Department and Palm Beach County Fire Department participated in the search. West Palm Beach Police and Sheriff’s Office marine units also arrived at the scene.

Once the NTSB investigator arrives on scene, he or she will begin documenting the accident scene and examining the aircraft. The aircraft will then be transported to a secure facility for further investigation.

Julius Whigham II is a criminal justice and public safety reporter for the Palm Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] and follow him on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, at @JuliusWhigham. Support our work: Subscribe today.