One person was killed and five others were injured after a small plane crashed on a Miami bridge Saturday afternoon. According to local media reports, the plane hit an SUV and triggered a fire.
The plane went down on the Haulover Inlet Bridge near the 10800 block of Collins Avenue. Smoke from the plane’s wreckage could be seen for miles, local media reports said.
Federal Aviation Administration officials said there were three people on board the single-engine Cessna 172.
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It is believed that the plane lost engine power and crashed, hitting a vehicle.
Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said the plane was involved in a head-on crash with the SUV, which caused the plane to flip over.
“We had three Miami-Dade Fire Rescue lifeguards who were on scene first and started assisting patients,” fire rescue spokesperson Erika Benitez said. “Within just a few minutes several other units arrived and when they arrived they did see an aircraft down in flames, in addition to a vehicle that had been hit by the aircraft.”
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Zabaleta said two people were able to get out of the plane, and the body of one person was found in the wreckage. The two people who managed to leave the plane were taken to a local hospital with traumatic injuries.
One of them was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center and the other was taken by the ground to Jackson North Medical Center.
A woman and two toddlers were in the SUV that was also involved in the incident. Zabaleta said those inside the vehicle did not suffer serious injuries.
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“It is miraculous that you’re traveling in a vehicle, you know, the driver with the two toddlers, and you head-on collision with an aircraft and everybody’s ok, so we’re thankful for that but it’s still unfortunate that we did lose somebody on this scene,” Zabaleta said, according to NBC Miami.
Officials haven’t released the identities of those involved in the crash.
The plane had departed from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and was headed to Key West International Airport, FAA officials said.