Three killed in small plane crash in Florida

MIAMI Fri Mar 15, 2013 7:52pm EDT

1 of 3. Firefighters hose down the scene of a fire in this video screen capture courtesy NBC6, after a small twin-engine plane crashed into parked vehicles and burned shortly after takeoff from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida March 15, 2013. Three people are reported killed in the incident.

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MIAMI (Reuters) - Three people were killed on Friday when a small plane crashed and burst into flames moments after takeoff from a South Florida airport, authorities said.

The Federal Aviation Administration said the Piper PA31 aircraft crashed into a warehouse area near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at 4:20 p.m. EDT.

Shannon Vezina, a spokeswoman for the City of Fort Lauderdale, said all three people on board the aircraft died.

"Shortly after takeoff the aircraft had some sort of difficulty," she said.

"It attempted to circle back and land at the airport. Unfortunately it was unsuccessful," Vezina said, adding that the plane plowed through numerous vehicles in a parking lot before slamming into a building and being engulfed in flames.

There were no confirmed injuries on the ground despite extensive damage in the parking lot, authorities said.

(Reporting by Tom Brown; Editing by Paul Thomasch and Gunna Dickson)

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dmimcg wrote:
This plane has two engines. It should have been able to circle and land if it lost one engine. Most likely pilot error in not keeping air speed up and stalling. The should ban twin engine planes and only allow light jets, since this isn’t a problem with light jets.

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