3 severely burned after plane crashes into South Florida house

FAA records show plane's registration expired at end of February


POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – A small plane crashed into a house Monday afternoon in Pompano Beach, injuring three people on board, WPLG reports.

The crash was reported shortly after 3 p.m. in the 900 block of Harbor Drive, just east of Pompano Beach Airpark.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Beechcraft 76 crashed into the neighborhood shortly after takeoff.

Pompano Beach Fire Chief John Jurgle said firefighters arrived to find a house engulfed in flames.

Sky 10 was flying above the scene as firefighters were using water hoses to spray a house with a gaping hole in its roof.

The charred remains of a small plane could be seen in the backyard of a nearby home.

Jurgle said the pilot and two passengers -- two men and a woman -- suffered "severe burn injuries." Two of the victims were taken to Broward Health Medical Center, and a third victim was taken to Broward Health North.

The homeowner was inside the house at the time of the crash, but he was not injured, Jurgle said.

When the plane struck the house, it bounced over the house next door and came to a rest in the yard of the house next to that, Jurgle said.

"I think there's some very lucky people in Pompano," Jurgle said.

It was not immediately known what led to the crash, but Bergen said the pilot was practicing takeoffs and landings at the time of the crash.

A witness told WPLG said the plane and was headed east toward the Atlantic Ocean when it went nose down and crashed into a neighborhood.

According to FAA records, the plane was registered to a corporation in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Records show that the plane's registration expired at the end of February.

Florida Aviation Academy was written on the wing of the plane.

The victims' identities haven't been released.

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