FORT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – Three people are dead after a twin-engine plane that had just left Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport crashed and hit a building in the area.
The plane, a Piper PA31 Navajo twin engine plane according to the Federal Aviation Administration, apparently went down at 964 NW 53rd St. in Fort Lauderdale.
According to Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport public information officer Chaz Adams, the plane seats 8 passengers and went down near the intersection of 53rd and N. Powerline Road.
The plane took off and then began to bank to the right. Shortly thereafter, the plane crashed into the parking lot of the building. Adams said the plane may have been trying to make it back to the airport when it went down.
The plane was on a local flight, according to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue.
The plane went into a warehouse on the southwest corner of the building, believed to be UK Stone, according to Adams.
Chopper 4 showed multiple vehicles near the building were burned out and others were still on fire as fire fighters worked to extinguish the blaze.
The plane is believed to be based out of Fort Lauderdale.