Four members of a family were killed in a South Florida plane crash and investigators are still trying to determine the reason. It could take weeks for investigators to sift through the rubble and determine a cause.
The Piper PA 31 took off from Orlando Executive Airport on April 13 around 4:30 p.m. The weather was clear, and the pilot reported no problems to the control tower when he took off. The plane was headed to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, according to information compiled from the website FlightAware.com.
On its approach to Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, which serves private planes and charter flights in the area, the airplane crashed into a nature preserve. It was just a couple hundred feet from the runway. Smoke immediately billowed into the sky. Fire fighters and other first responders were dispatched to the scene. They had to cut through a fence and thick brush in order to reach the plane, which was engulfed in flames. The fire was extinguished quickly.
The runway was immediately shutdown and services was cut off at the airport for several hours. When the airport reopened, the runway near the crash stayed closed so investigators could survey the crash site.
Officials from National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration were at the crash. They loaded the wreckage onto a semi-truck and hauled it to a hangar where it would be processed.
According to some reports, the plane lost power right before it touched down on the runway. A witness said the plane banked sharply as it approached the airport and then dove quickly toward the ground. Also, the pilot reportedly told the control tower of smoke in the cockpit.
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Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.
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