Small plane crashes 6 miles from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

A small plane crashed Thursday night near the Sawgrass Expressway in Coral Springs, the Federal Aviation Administration reported.  

The pilot of the Cessna 152 aircraft said she was in the air with a student when the plane began to lose power. They tried to get back to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport when the power cut out completely. 

“I was pretty much in control of the airplane and then at the last minute I could hear my student freaking out,” the pilot said.

That’s when they landed on a levee about 6 miles northwest of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, the FAA said.

The plane  skidded and flipped over into the Everglades, the FAA said.

“All you just saw was the tail sticking up from the water,”  a witness said. 

No one on board was injured, according to Coral Springs Fire Rescue.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Man dies, 2 injured in Fort Lauderdale shooting

A man died and two females were injured Thursday night during a shooting in Fort Lauderdale, police said.

At about 6:20 p.m., a gunman opened fire on a car while it was traveling through the intersection of Northwest 16th Street and Northwest 15th Terrace.

The driver, a man, died at the scene and his two female passengers were hurt, police said. Those passengers were taken to an area hospital.

“All I know is they were shooting into the car,” a witness said. “I don’t know what for.” 

The witness, who didn’t want to be named, said the gunshots sounded like firecrackers. 

“I was standing right here and when I heard the third shot I ran to the corner,” he said. “That’s when i saw the dudes, well, one dude, shooting into the car right there.” 

Police are searching for the shooter in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.

 

 

 

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Teen injured in fireworks accident says ‘big brother’ helped deal with recovery

Several fireworks accidents have been reported in July in South Florida and a Broward County teenager knows exactly how the most recent victims are feeling.

Javonte McNair lost his hand and sight in one eye in 2015 when a firecracker he was holding suddenly went off.

The teen told Local 10 News that being involved in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program has helped with his recovery.

McNair was 13 when he was injured by the firecracker.

He is now in ninth grade and said the loss of his hand has been very difficult, but being involved in the Big Brothers, Big Sisters program has helped.  

He said his big brother, Troy, encouraged him during some very dark days.

“He’s like a father to me. We do cool things, we hang out,” McNair said.

Troy’s wife, Traci, is also a part of McNair’s life, and helped him pick out an outfit for a fundraising fashion show for the organization.

“Without them, I don’t know where we’d be, because that’s how much love and support they’ve shown my family throughout the years,” McNair said.

McNair said he didn’t want people to see his injury at first, but he said having a big brother to hang out with and to count on has gotten him back to the sports he loves.

“He came and talked to me and said everything was going to be OK, and I listened. And ever since then, it’s been OK,” McNair said. “I’m playing football, hanging with friends and going places.”

McNair is headed to high school this year with a new attitude toward life.

“He’s coming out of it and coming through,” the teen’s mother, Theresa McNair, said. “It will take time. It will take time, but he’s coming through.”

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Police investigate killing of man in Fort Lauderdale

Fort Lauderdale police are investigating the killing of a man who is a part-time resident of the city, authorities said.Police said Guy Eargle Jr., 68, who lives part-time in Fort Lauderdale and part-time in Atlanta, was found dead at about 6:15 p.m. M…

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Family of 5 kicked off JetBlue flight seeks answers

A family of five says it was kicked off a JetBlue flight from Fort Lauderdale to New York on July 2 without any explanation.

The family’s attorney, David Templer, said that his clients, Tamir Raanan and Mandy Ifrah, who live in Brooklyn, were heading home after attending a wedding when their 1-year-old daughter, Eden, began kicking a passenger’s seat.

Ifrah said she apologized to the passenger, and they exchanged words before the passenger changed seats.

That’s when a flight attendant came over to the family and asked them to get off the plane, the family said in a media release.

“The plane, at that point, just turns back around, goes back to the gate, and security from JetBlue gets onto the flight and tells me and my family to grab our things and get off the plane,” Ifrah said in an interview with Local 10 News.

The airline said that the adults in the family were making threats, and it was their actions that caused them to be taken off the plane. 

 “After a verbal altercation that included physical threats and profanities against a nearby customer, the aircraft door was reopened and our airports team politely asked the customers to step off to discuss the situation. The customers refused repeated requests and our crewmembers deplaned the entire aircraft. Law enforcement escorted them out of the gate area and we provided a refund,” JetBlue said in a statement. “The customers were not removed due to the actions of their children. We are investigating whether the customers’ behavior warrants restrictions on JetBlue travel and we thank our crewmembers for their professional handling of this unfortunate incident.” 

Part of the exchange with the flight attendant in the plane was captured on video, as was their interaction at the gate.  In the video, Raanan and Ifrah repeatedly ask for an explanation and the flight attendant tells them they need to call the airline for further information.

A Broward Sheriff’s Office deputy stepped in shortly after that exchange and defused the situation.

“Ifrah said JetBlue told the family that they would be booked on a flight the next day, but they would need to find overnight accommodations. However, JetBlue did not remove their luggage from the plane leaving them without clothes and baby supplies,”  a media release put out by the family said.

 The family said when they arrived the next morning for their flight, a JetBlue representative told them that they were banned from all future flights while the incident is under investigation. The family also claims it wasn’t given a reason for the airline’s decision.

In addition, the family said that their luggage was not in New York when they arrived home and that it took a week before their bags were returned. 

As for JetBlue’s account of what happened, Ifrah said it’s false. 

“That’s not true at all. My baby must have been kicking the chair. I mean, she’s – at that time – she needs a bottle. She’s tired. She’s cranky,” Ifrah said. “It was just embarrassing. It was horrible.” 

Ifrah said she would simply like an apology from JetBlue. 

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Detectives search for clues in Fort Lauderdale teen’s disappearance

A surveillance video shows 15-year-old Sophie Reeder walking alone in Fort Lauderdale. She was wearing a pair of white head phones, after leaving her home May 19. The girl vanished. 

Sophie had runaway from home before, but she was only away for a day. Her mom, Nicole Twist, and dad, Patrick Reeder, fear that she could be a human trafficking victim. 

“She is missed. She is loved. There is nothing that she has done that would change the fact that I want her,” Twist said. 

Detectives found evidence that she had been communicating with a man who they suspect is a sexual predator. They said she is vulnerable and dealing with mental health issues. 

Authorities searched a home near Stranahan High School earlier this week looking for clues to Sophie’s disappearance. The teen weighs about 200 pounds and is about 5-feet and one inch tall. 

Fort Lauderdale authorities were asking anyone with information to call Detective Jennifer Saint-Jean at 954-828-5570.

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