FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A small plane crashed into a parking lot near a South Florida airport Friday, killing at least one person and burning about a dozen cars. There was no word of casualties on the ground.
Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler told WTVJ-TV that at least one person died in the crash of the Piper Navajo shortly after it took off from that city's executive airport. The plane, a two-engine turboprop, can carry a crew of two and four to six passengers.
A Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport spokesman says the plane began experiencing problems shortly after takeoff and was trying to return 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.