Small plane crashes into Miami bridge, injuring at least six – New York Daily News

A small passenger plane slammed into a bridge in Miami on Saturday then burst into flames, injuring at least six people.

Smog and smoke continued to hang over the Haulover Inlet Bridge, hours after the crash occurred around 1:10 p.m. The single-engine Cessna 172, which took off from Fort Lauderdale International Airport, was carrying three passengers in Key West when his engine suddenly lost. power, forcing it to make an emergency landing within the bridge’s three-mile span, officials said.

The plane also struck an SUV during its forced descent, according to preliminary information from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue confirmed that a total of six people were being treated following the plane crash, with two seriously injured, CBS 4 reported. One person was air rescued to Ryder Trauma Center while the other was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Three other people were taken to local hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

The violent accident also forced the closure of the Haulover Inlet Bridge, causing delays in both directions.

A video posted online shows the small plane in flames and in pieces in the middle of the roadway. According to the Miami Herald, 20 fire units were dispatched to work on the crash along with more than 60 firefighters.

The cause of the crash remained unclear in its immediate aftermath, but the FAA and the National Transportation and Safety Board continue to investigate.

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