Former Glenwood business owner killed in Florida plane crash
Grant Hustad Jr., 71, formerly of Glenwood, was a certified pilot who has been living in Florida. He and another occupant in a single-engine plane were killed in a fiery crash Monday that also took the life of a 4-year-old boy who was in an SUV struck by the plane.
Grant Hustad Jr., 71, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Yaacov Nahom, 63, of Davie, Florida, were identified by the Broward Medical Examiner’s Office as the two occupants in the single-engine plane that were killed when it crashed short of the runway for the North Perry Airport.
The single-engine Beechcraft plane crashed into an SUV and killed a 4-year-old boy identified as Taylor Bishop. According to the Miami Herald, the victim’s mother, Megan Bishop, was driving the SUV and was injured.
The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash. According to news accounts, the NTSB has not released which of the two occupants in the plane was its pilot. Both men were certified pilots.
Hustad had a commercial pilot certificate for flying single-engine airplanes over land and sea, and landing multi-engine airplanes on land, according to FAA records, the Miami Herald reported.
Nahom has had a private pilot’s certificate since 2017 and is rated to land single-engine aircraft on land and multi-engine airplanes on land, according to the same report.
The aircraft was registered to Florida Eagle Aviation Inc. Nahom was president of the company.
Hustad previously lived in Glenwood and operated a farm implement business there that was started by his father, Grant Hustad Sr.
He was an “extremely, careful pilot,” said John Stone, former publisher of the Pope County Tribune. Stone flew with Hustad on a few occasions while Hustad operated his business in Glenwood.
Hustad was a longtime pilot and promoter for the Glenwood Airport, added Stone. Hustad moved to Florida 10 or more years ago, according to Stone.
Hustad is also known in Glenwood for the Trophy Lake residential project in the community.