MIAMI, Fla. (CW44 News At 10 | CNN) — A small plane crashed into the Haulover Inlet bridge in Florida’s Miami-Dade County on Saturday, killing one person and injuring five others, authorities said.
The Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement that a single-engine Cessna plane flying from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport lost power and struck a vehicle on the bridge while landing.
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The plane carrying a pilot and two passengers was traveling north and collided with an SUV traveling south before catching fire, the Miami Dade Police Department said in a news release.
Once firefighters doused the flames, they discovered a deceased person inside the plane, according to the statement.
Two others on the plane were transported to area trauma centers and their conditions are unknown, police said.
A woman and two young children were inside the van and were transported to a local hospital for medical evaluations.
A video taken from a nearby hotel balcony by Miami resident Alex Huberman showed the small plane wrecked in flames, dark smoke billowing from it.
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Several feet away from the plane was a maroon-colored SUV, which appeared to have sustained extensive damage, video shows, suggesting it may be the vehicle the plane hit as it attempted to land.
Huberman said he saw at least two people exit the plane, adding that emergency personnel placed several people on stretchers.
Chad Raney, who shot another video of the accident, told CNN that he had a boat in a marina next to the bridge and heard an explosion.
He went up to see what was happening and recorded the aftermath of the crash. Footage of him showed dark plumes of smoke rising above the plane.
After the crash, Miami-Dade police said on Twitter that Collins Avenue between 96th and 163rd streets was closed in both directions, warning drivers to “expect major traffic delays and seek alternate routes.”
The NTSB and the FAA are investigating the accident.
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