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Single-Engine Airplane Crashes Onto Bridge in Miami-Dade County

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on May 15, 2022

According to a press release from the Federal Aviation Administration, one person was killed and five others were injured over the weekend after a single-engine aircraft crashed along the Haulover Inlet Bridge and collided with an SUV in Miami-Dade County.

Preliminary investigations performed by the Miami-Dade Police Department indicate that it was shortly before 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 14, 2022, when a single-engine Cessna 172 carrying one pilot and two passengers took off from the Hollywood-Fort Lauderdale International Airport en route to Key West, Florida. Shortly after its departure, the airplane’s engine suddenly suffered a loss of power while flying in the northern direction over the Haulover Inlet Bridge. The pilot was unable to recover from this disastrous mid-air issue and the plane crashed onto the bridge and slammed into a maroon-colored SUV before bursting into flames.

Multiple members of the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade Police Department were dispatched to the scene of the aviation accident and after firefighters were able to contain the fire that broke out when the crash occurred, they discovered that 36-year-old Narcisco Torres, an accomplished air traffic controller with at the Miami Airport, had sadly passed away from his injuries. “Like so many thousands of our members, Narciso had such a deep love of all things aviation, and of flying, as evidenced by this flight on a beautiful South Florida day where he was doing what he loved,” said NATCA President Rich Santa.

The female driver of the SUV and two small children sustained undisclosed injuries during the incident and were all transported to a local hospital for further medical treatments. One survivor from the plane was taken by ambulance to Jackson North Medical Center while the other had to be medevaced to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. Their current conditions are unknown at this time.

Additional information surrounding this tragic accident is expected to be released once the Federal Aviation Administration concludes their investigation.

Since 1977, Florida airplane accident attorney James O. Cunningham has been dedicated to representing victims who have been seriously injured or killed during a plane crash. If you would like to schedule a free 30-minute case evaluation, please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY to speak with an associate.

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