Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport officials reported that a small plane crashed into a wooded area near the landing strip at approximately 4:30 PM this afternoon. The twin-engine Piper PA-31 was on approach for landing at the regional executive airport when the pilot reportedly radioed in declaring an emergency.
Rescue crews indicated that there were four people on-board the Piper. All four occupants were killed in the fiery crash. Officials say that the airplane was attempting to land on the runway that runs adjacent to the 2200 block of West Cypress Key Road. Both police and fire officials responded to the scene, that was covered by visible smoke.
Ft. Lauderdale Police are reporting that amazingly, the plane did not strike any nearby structures in the crash and there were no fatalities of people on the ground. This small airport has an eerie history of high-profile crashes, because of its tight proximity to residential and commercial real estate. As recent as two years ago, another Piper crashed at the exact same time in the afternoon, killing all occupants. However, the focus now is on the investigation of this crash of a twin-engine plane today at the Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport.
By Chris Marion