One person was killed and five others were injured when a small plane crash landed on a bridge in Miami on Saturday afternoon, hitting an SUV and bursting into flames.
The plane crashed shortly before 1 p.m. on the Haulover Inlet Bridge near the 10800 block of Collins Avenue. Smoke from the wreckage of the plane was visible for miles around.
Federal Aviation Administration officials said there were three people aboard the single-engine Cessna 172 when it lost engine power and crashed, hitting a vehicle with three people inside.
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.
When fire crews responded, they found the plane on fire and quickly extinguished the flames, officials said.
“We had three lifeguards from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue who were first on the scene and started helping patients,” fire department spokeswoman Erika Benitez said. “Within just a few minutes, several more units arrived and when they arrived they saw a plane in flames, in addition to a vehicle that had been hit by the plane.”
Zabaleta said two people were able to get out of the plane but after the fire was extinguished the victim’s body was found in the wreckage.
Fire officials said there were five people injured, including two who were on the plane and were taken to a local hospital with traumatic injuries. One was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the other was transported overland to Jackson North Medical Center.
A woman and two small children who were in the SUV were hospitalized but did not sustain serious injuries, Zabaleta said.
Authorities have not released the identity of those involved.
Footage from the scene showed the wreckage of the plane in the middle of the roadway. The vehicle involved, a dark red or maroon SUV, could be seen with severe front end damage.
The plane had taken off from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and was heading for Key West International Airport, FAA officials said.
The Haulover Inlet Bridge on Collins Avenue has been closed between Sunny Isles Beach and Bal Harbor, authorities say. Southbound Collins Avenue is closed at 158th Street.
Traffic was being diverted and drivers were advised to seek an alternate route and expect heavy delays.
Officials said the Department of Environmental Resource Management was notified due to fuel runoff from the plane.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.