Small Plane Crashes At South Florida Parking Lot; 1 Dies

By: CBS Posted By: Stephanie Schultz
By: CBS Posted By: Stephanie Schultz

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. A small plane has crashed into a parking lot near a South Florida airport, killing at least one person.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler told WTVJ-TV that at least person died in the Friday afternoon crash of a Piper Navajo. The plane is a two-engine turboprop.

A Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport spokesman says the plane began experiencing problems shortly after takeoff. The plane was apparently circling back to the airport when it hit a warehouse at 53rd Street and North Powerline Road, about a half-mile east of the airport. It then crashed into the parking lot.

Television images showed about eight cars in a corner that were burned out shells, a smoldering heap covered in foam spread by firefighters on the scene.

A storage facility and an indoor go-kart track are among the businesses listed nearby.

The airport serves smaller planes rather than the larger commercial flights at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

The crash happened at the start of rush hour alongside Interstate 95, the major north-south route along Florida's Atlantic coast.

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