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MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Authorities have confirmed that the pilot of a small plane that crashed near Miami Executive Airport Sunday did not survive.

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Emergency crews respond to a plane crash outside of Miami Executive Airport on Dec. 10, 2017. (Source: CBS4)

The pilot of the Piper PA 60 aircraft had departed from Miami Executive and was returning to the airport after declaring an emergency.

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The plane didn’t make it back, however, crashing one and a half miles west of the airport in an empty field, at 2:50 p.m.

Only the pilot was inside.

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The FAA is investigating. The NTSB will determine the cause of the accident.