Plane crashes near Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport

Plane departed from airport, crashes into warehouse parking lot, officials say

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Three people believed to be aboard a twin-engine plane were killed when the plane crashed shortly after departing Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport on Friday afternoon, according to city of Fort Lauderdale officials.

WPLG-TV reports the Piper PA-31 Navajo crashed at 964 NE 53rd Court, an area east of the airport, about 4:23 p.m. Roadways were shut down near the area.

John "Jack" Seiler, the mayor of Fort Lauderdale, said three bodies were recovered.

"We've been very fortunate not to have these kinds of accidents and incidents," said Seiler.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane departed Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at 4:20 p.m. and crashed.

Fort Lauderdale spokesman Matt Little said the plane took off, banked right, and crashed into several parked vehicles. He believes the plane is Fort Lauderdale based.

A woman said her husband, who works at the airport, saw the plane depart, then saw smoke minutes later.

Dozens of firefighters were there dousing the area in foam used to extinguish fires sparked by jet fuel. Several vehicles were on fire and A propeller was seen in the parking lot.

A man who works for UK Stone, a business inside the warehouse, said he heard a loud bang and saw 50-foot flames.

Little said no one on the ground was injured.

A large plume of black smoke could be seen in the area.

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