JUST IN: Two Boca men unhurt in Pompano plane crash, authorities say

March 01, 2018
Two Boca Raton-area men were unhurt on Thursday, March 1, 2018, when the plane they were in ran off a runway while trying to land at the municipal airport in Pompano Beach, in northern Broward County. (Photo: Pompano Beach Fire Rescue)

Two men from the Boca Raton area walked away without injuries after the small plane they’d rented crashed into a fence at the end of a runway Thursday morning at the municipal airport in Pompano Beach in northern Broward County, authorities and the treasurer of the flying club confirmed.

The Piper PA-32 Cherokee Six, a single-engine six-seater, is reported to be a total loss.

The plane was owned by the Pompano Beach Flying Club, which has a fleet of five planes at the Pompano Beach Air Park and rents them out by the day to members, club treasurer Carl Kennedy said Thursday.

Kennedy said the men had left from the airport and were returning at about 9:30 a.m. when the incident occurred.

Kennedy would not identify the men but said the pilot was a club member and the passenger was the pilot's friend.  The two were 61 and 50 years old, respectively, according to the city of Pompano Beach, which operates the airport.

"We're waiting for the NTSB (National Transportation Safety Board) to show up," Kennedy said. He said the club has alerted its insurers.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Thursday it also is looking into the incident.