A boy who died from his injuries after a small plane crashed head-on into his mother’s SUV in Florida was identified on Tuesday afternoon as the four-year-old son of a local teacher’s aide.
Taylor Bishop was one of three people who lost their lives in the fiery crash that occurred in Pembroke Pines on Monday, including the two occupants of the Beechcraft Bonanza single-engine plane that dropped out of the sky shortly after takeoff.
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.
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’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
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
Two people aboard the plane died in the Monday afternoon crash in Pembroke Pines.
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
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 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 names of the victims who died inside the plane have not been released.
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
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.