One particular person was killed and 5 others have been injured when a small aircraft crash-landed on a bridge in Miami Saturday afternoon, hitting an SUV and bursting into flames.
The aircraft went down shortly earlier than 1 p.m. on the Haulover Inlet Bridge close to the 10800 block of Collins Avenue. Smoke from the aircraft’s wreckage might be seen for miles.
Federal Aviation Administration officers mentioned there have been three individuals on board the single-engine Cessna 172 when it misplaced engine energy and crashed, hitting a car with three individuals inside.
Miami-Dade Police spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta mentioned the aircraft was concerned in a head-on crash with the SUV, which precipitated the aircraft to flip over.
When fireplace rescue crews responded they discovered the aircraft on fireplace and shortly extinguished the flames, officers mentioned.
“We had three Miami-Dade Fire Rescue lifeguards who were on the scene first and started assisting patients,” fireplace rescue spokesperson Erika Benitez mentioned. “Within just a few minutes several other units arrived and when they arrived they did see an aircraft down in flames, in addition to a vehicle that had been hit by the aircraft.”
Zabaleta mentioned two individuals have been in a position to get out of the aircraft however after the fireplace was put out, the physique of the sufferer was discovered within the wreckage.
The sufferer has been recognized as 36-year-old Narciso Torres, a veteran air site visitors controller who labored on the Miami Air Site visitors Management Tower.
NBC 6’s Kim Wynne stories in regards to the sufferer recognized as Nasciso Torres.
“This is a terrible tragedy that has sent shock waves throughout our NATCA (National Air Traffic Controllers Association) family,” NATCA President Wealthy Santa mentioned.
Fire rescue officers mentioned there have been 5 individuals injured, together with two who have been on the aircraft and have been taken to an area hospital with traumatic accidents. Certainly one of them was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Middle and the opposite was taken by the bottom to Jackson North Medical Middle.
A girl and two younger children, 2 and 6, who have been within the SUV have been hospitalized however did not undergo severe accidents, Zabaleta mentioned.
“It is miraculous that you’re traveling in a vehicle, you know, the driver with the two toddlers, and you [suffer a] head-on collision with an aircraft and everybody’s ok, so we’re thankful for that but it’s still unfortunate that we did lose somebody on this scene,” Zabaleta mentioned.
Officers have not launched the identities of any of the others concerned within the incident.
Footage from the scene confirmed the wreckage of the aircraft in the course of the roadway. The car concerned, a darkish pink or maroon SUV, might be seen with extreme front-end injury.
The aircraft had departed from Fort Lauderdale Worldwide Airport and was headed to Key West Worldwide Airport, FAA officers mentioned.
The Haulover Inlet Bridge on Collins Avenue was closed between Sunny Isles Seaside and Bal Harbour, in response to authorities. Southbound Collins Avenue is closed at 158th Road.
Site visitors was being diverted, and drivers have been suggested to hunt an alternate route and anticipate heavy delays.
Officers mentioned the Division of Environmental Sources Administration was notified as a result of gasoline runoff from the aircraft.
The FAA and Nationwide Transportation Security Board will probably be investigating the incident.
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