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FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – The pilot of a small plane that crash landed in the Everglades last month has died.

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The Piper aircraft, which had taken off from Jacksonville, was headed to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport with the three men on board when it crashed at 12:45 p.m. on Monday, October 26th, about 16 miles from its destination, near U.S. 27 just north of Griffin Road.

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The two passengers, Steven Browning and Robert Spohrer, were able to make it out of the badly damaged aircraft on their own.

Six firefighters using the Jaws of Life had to cut the pilot, James Alexander Townsend, 63, from the wreck.  He was airlifted to the hospital.

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The cause of the crash remains unknown.