On Monday, October 17, 2022, a single-engine Aero Adventure Aventura II plane crash near North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines, Florida killed 34-year-old flight instructor Antony Rolland Yen and 32-year-old student pilot Jordan Hall.
The fatal crash occurred at approximately 11:45 a.m. in a residential neighborhood of Miramar just south of the airport. The Aventura II, a “kit plane” that aviation enthusiasts assemble themselves, crashed into the back of a house. Manyerenis Moreno and her 2-year-old son Tyler Flores were inside the home at the time of the crash. Neither sustained injury in the crash.
Authorities believe the experimental plane may have been leaking fuel before it went down. A witness to the crash said the experimental aircraft was struggling to stay in the air in the moments before it went down in the 2200 block of Jamaica Drive.
“I saw the plane coming from that side, it was high and then the motor stopped,” said Donovan Russell, who witnessed the plane crash. “And I see it coming down like this, until it turned just below the house, the engine (started) and the next thing I heard is ‘boom.’”
North Perry Airport personnel told local media outlets that a mechanic had worked on the plane on Monday morning before Yen and Hall took off on a test flight.
Deceased Victims Identified in Miramar, Florida Plane Crash
Authorities identified the two victims of the fatal crash on Tuesday, October 18, 2022.
Antony Yen, 34, was described by friends as a “force in aviation,” always encouraging his students with a positive mindset. “All he ever wanted to do was fly, it was in his blood,” said friend and former student, Brett Schneider. “He loved sharing his passion with others through his flight instructing and air tours. The aviation community, especially the seaplane community, is very close knit and he will greatly be missed.”
Jordan Hall, 32, was fondly remembered by family and friends. He “loved to fly in life,” and was “an inspiration” to those who knew him best. “Anything that he wanted to do, he got it done,” said a friend of Hall’s, Jazmine Frisco. “We talked about planes and him flying. I told him that I thought it was amazing. He did a YouTube video. He was always posting about planes. He was the kid that could light up a room.”
Jordan Hall’s family has set up a GoFundMe.
What Caused the Plane Crash Near North Perry Airport, Florida?
Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) have arrived in Florida to investigate the cause of the Miramar plane crash that killed Antony Yen and Jordan Hall. It will likely take the agency a year or more to finish their investigation and report on the cause of the crash. Aviation attorney Timothy A. Loranger says government officials will analyze the wreckage and examine the plane’s maintenance records, among other things.
“It is far too early to speculate about the cause of the crash, whether it was a mechanical issue something else,” says aviation attorney Timothy A. Loranger. “Officials must work to understand what went wrong so that families can get some amount of closure which is so very important.”
A preliminary report on the crash will be issued within the next few weeks. The final report will list the cause (or causes) of the crash and highlight any relevant safety issues to prevent future accidents.
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