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Two certified FAA pilots died when their small plane crashed into SUV and killed boy

The two men who died when the small plane they were in slammed into an SUV driving in Florida in Monday, killing a four-year-old boy and injuring his mother, have been identified as licensed pilots. 

The Broward County Medical Examiner on Wednesday named the deceased occupants of the single-engine plane that crashed in Pembroke Pines as 63-year-old Yaacov Nahom, of Davie, and 71-year-old Grant Hustad, of Fort Lauderdale. 

The incident also took the life of four-year-old Taylor Bishop, who was riding as a passenger in his mother Meghan Bishop’s vehicle when it was struck by the plane and burst into flames. 

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Grant Hustad, 71

Yaacov Nahom, 63 (left), and Grant Hustad, 71 (right), have been identified as the two occupants of  the single-engine plane that crashed in Pembroke Pines, Florida, Monday

Taylor Bishop, 4, was killed and his mother, Megan Bishop, was injured when a small plane crashed directly into their SUV in Southern Florida on Monday

Taylor Bishop, 4, was killed and his mother, Megan Bishop, was injured when a small plane crashed directly into their SUV in Southern Florida on Monday 

Bishop, a 35-year-old teacher’s aide, was injured but survived and was released from the hospital just hours later. 

Investigators said the Beechcraft Bonanza plane was forced to turn back towards the airport moments after takeoff because of engine trouble, reported WSVN

Records indicate that both Hustad and Nahom were Federal Aviation Administration  certified pilots. 

Nahom was the registered owner of the Beechcraft Bonanza plane, but it is unclear who was behind the controls at the time of the accident.  

Hustad was president of an aircraft brokerage company and had flown 10,000 miles since getting his pilot certificate in 2012

Hustad was president of an aircraft brokerage company and had flown 10,000 miles since getting his pilot certificate in 2012

FAA records show that Nahom received his private pilot’s certificate in 2017 and Hustad received his commercial pilot certificate in 2012, reported Miami Herald. 

Hustad is listed as president of International Aviation Services, an aircraft brokerage firm headquartered in Pompano Beach, Florida. 

According to a blurb posted on the company’s Hustad ‘has flown 10,000 hours in more than 45 makes and models of aircraft.’  

A friend of Nahom’s told WPLG the man is survived by his wife, three children and two grandchildren.

Social media posts suggest Hustad leaves behind a grown daughter and grandchildren.    

Taylor Bishop was the first victim of the crash to be identified on Tuesday.   

The four-year-old boy was traveling with his mother, school paraprofessional Megan Bishop, when the plane struggling to return to the airport crashed into them on a residential street and burst into flames. 

Bishop's SUV that was struck by the airplane Monday is seen behind police lines on a residential street near North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines

Bishop’s SUV that was struck by the airplane Monday is seen behind police lines on a residential street near North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines

A single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashed in Pembroke Pines, Florida, shortly after it took off from North Perry Airport at around 3pm Monday

Incident happened at Southwest 72nd Avenue and 13th Street

A single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza plane crashed in Pembroke Pines, Florida, shortly after it took off from North Perry Airport at around 3pm Monday

A neighbor's Ring camera captured the plane falling out of the sky and crashing directly into a passing SUV

A neighbor’s Ring camera captured the plane falling out of the sky and crashing directly into a passing SUV 

The plane and SUV burst into flames, with the fire spreading across the roadway

The plane and SUV burst into flames, with the fire spreading across the roadway 

The plane had just left from North Perry Airport and was returning just before 3pm, the fire chief said. He said the single-engine plane may have experienced mechanical issues after taking off.

‘The car literally looks like it’s just in half,’ neighbor Salah Elshaer, who called 911, told WSVN.

Annabel Fernandez’s Ring doorbell camera captured the horrific crash, showing the victims’ dark-blue SUV driving in the neighborhood moments before the plane drops out of the sky and strikes the vehicle head-on, scattering debris across the roadway and sparking a raging fire. 

Bishop works as a teacher's assistant at Hollywood Hills Elementary

Taylor was the woman's only son

Bishop works as a teacher’s assistant at Hollywood Hills Elementary. Taylor was the woman’s only son 

A union representative described the four-year-old boy as bright, smart and chatty

A union representative described the four-year-old boy as bright, smart and chatty

‘We heard like a bomb, like a tremendous noise, and we went outside, and everything was on fire,’ Fernandez told the television station.

Bishop, a teacher’s assistant at Hollywood Hills Elementary, was able to get out of the mangled vehicle and was trying to free her son. 

Firefighters eventually extricated the trapped child and they were taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in serious condition.

WSVN’s aerial footage showed Bishop was sitting up and conscious while she was being loaded into the back of an ambulance. 

Firefighters arrived on the scene and pronounced the plane's two occupants dead

Firefighters arrived on the scene and pronounced the plane’s two occupants dead 

Firefighters had to extricate a young boy from the crushed and scorched vehicle, who later died at the hospital

Firefighters had to extricate a young boy from the crushed and scorched vehicle, who later died at the hospital  

The four-year-old Taylor later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. 

His mother was released from the hospital later Monday, Pembroke Pines Fire Chief Marcel Rodriguez told news outlets.  

Anna Marie Pierpont, a Broward School District union field representative, told Sun-Sentinel that Taylor was a smart and bright little boy who enjoyed taking part in video chats on Facebook and showing his toys.

‘He just really enjoyed being with mom and being part of our gatherings. He was just a very happy little man,’ Pierpont said.  

The Broward County Aviation Department released a statement extending its condolences to the families of the crash victims. 

‘We are saddened by this tragic loss of life and offer our sincere condolences during this difficult time,’ the agency stated.  

The plane was just a few hundred feet short of the runway at the nearby airport when it took out a power line and came down near Southwest 72nd Avenue and 13th Street when it crashed, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.   

A woman appeared conscious and alert as she was being loaded into an ambulance

A woman appeared conscious and alert as she was being loaded into an ambulance 

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the accident

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the cause of the accident

This is the fifth small plane crash that has occurred at or near the airport in Pembroke Pines since last May. 

Four of the five crashes were fatal, resulting in a total of five deaths. 

In December 2020, a plane carrying two adults and two children crashed. All four on board survived. 

Earlier that month a plane landed upside down when the pilot attempted to make an emergency landing. 

In November of last year, the pilot of an experimental plane was killed when he crashed at the airport. 

Back in May 2020, a student pilot from one of the flight schools at the airport was killed when their plane crashed during a training flight over Miramar. 


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