(Adds details, NTSB in charge of investigation)
MIAMI, March 15 Three people were killed on
Friday when a small plane crashed and burst into flames shortly
after takeoff from a South Florida airport, authorities said.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said the Piper
PA31 aircraft crashed into a warehouse area near Fort Lauderdale
Executive Airport around 4:20 p.m. EDT.
Shannon Vezina, a spokeswoman for the City of Fort
Lauderdale, said all three people on board the twin-engine
"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 injuries on the ground despite extensive
damage in the parking lot, which was an impound facility for
repossessed vehicles, authorities said.
The victims' identities had not been released on Friday
night, hours after the crash, and FAA spokeswoman Kathleen
Bergen said the National Transportation Safety Board was in
charge of a post-crash investigation.
(Reporting by Tom Brown; Editing by Paul Thomasch, Gunna
Dickson and David Brunnstrom)