A private plane crashed on a Miami bridge Saturday afternoon, leaving a fiery wreckage after colliding with an SUV. Since then, a video depicting the grim aftermath of the incident has garnered over 324,000 views on social media.
The incident happened just after noon EST on Saturday. The small plane was carrying three passengers when it lost power and began to fall. It eventually landed on the Haulover Inlet Bridge near Haulover Beach in Miami, according to WFLA News. Smoke from the crash could reportedly be seen for miles.
“Terrible private plane crash [Miami]’ wrote Twitter user Alex Huberman in a tweet alongside video of the aftermath of the crash.
Despite the chaotic landing and the fiery aftermath of the crash, only one person has been confirmed dead so far. Her identity was not revealed to the public at this time. The SUV involved in the accident was being driven by a woman with her two young children on board, all of whom survived and were unharmed. As of around 6 p.m. EST, authorities said the bridge will remain closed for “several hours,” according to the statement Miami Heraldis Martin Vassolo.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a statement on the incident and confirmed that the vehicle involved was a single-engine Cessna.
“A single-engine Cessna 172 lost engine power and landed on the Haulover Inlet Bridge on Route A1A in Miami at approximately 1 p.m. local time today, impacting a vehicle on landing,” said the statement, which was broadcast to CBS Miami. “There were three people on board. The plane departed from Fort Lauderdale International Airport with a scheduled destination of Key West International Airport. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.”
Two other passengers were rescued from the plane’s wreckage after the fires were extinguished, according to NBC Miami. The outlet reported that five people were injured in the incident, two of whom were reportedly taken to hospitals with traumatic injuries. One was flown to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, while the other was taken to Jackson North Medical Center.
“We had three lifeguards from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue who got there first and started helping patients,” fire department spokeswoman Erika Benitez said, according to NBC Miami. “Within a few minutes, several other units arrived and when they arrived they saw a plane bursting into flames next to a vehicle that had been hit by the plane.”
news week contacted the FAA for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/video-smoking-plane-miami-bridge-after-hitting-suv-tops-324k-views-1706720 Video of plane smoking on Miami Bridge after hitting SUV surpasses 324,000 views