The local aviation community is still in mourning as 25-year-old Jamaican pilot Mark Daniel Scott died from injuries he sustained in a plane crash in Miramar, Florida on Tuesday morning, May 12.
Scott, a former student of Wolmer’s Boys’ School in Kingston, was an advanced student enrolled with the Wayman Aviation flight school; weeks away from completing his training.
The Jamaican, who was now living in Miramar, was flying a Piper PA-34 craft registered to the school with his instructor when the aircraft encountered difficulties just after takeoff.
After trying his best to attempt an emergency landing, the plane crashed on the south side of Pembroke Road before it burst into flames.
The instructor has been identified as Andres Bastidas, and remains at Memorial Regional Hospital in critical but stable condition, according to local reports.
Dashcam footage from one Floridian in traffic has been making the rounds on social media and shows the plane striking power lines in the area before crashing to the ground.
Officers from the Pembroke Pines and Miramar police departments initially responded to the scene.
A third person was reportedly injured by debris, was treated on scene and released.