1 killed, 5 injured when small plane crashes on Miami bridge, catches fire

A still from helicopter video recorded of a small plane that landed on a Miami bridge and caught fire Saturday afternoon. (Copyright 2022 by WPLG Local10.com - All rights reserved.)

MIAMI – One person was killed and five others were injured Saturday afternoon when a small plane crashed into a bridge in Miami and then caught fire, according to News4JAX partner station WPLG.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine Cessna 172 lost engine power before landing on the Haulover Inlet Bridge, about five miles east of the Opa-Locka Airport, around 1 p.m.

An SUV that was traveling southbound was hit head-on by the plane. In that vehicle was a woman and two toddlers. They are being treated for non-life-threatening injuries, police say.

“We had three Miami Dade Fire Rescue lifeguards who started assisting patients, aircraft down in flames in addition to a vehicle that was hit by the aircraft,” Miami Dade Fire Rescue Erika Benitez said.

Three people were on board. Officials said two of them are in serious critical condition.

One person was transported by Air Rescue to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, one was transported by ground to the north trauma center and three people had non-life-threatening injuries and were transported by ground to a local area hospital, officials said.

According to the FAA, the plane had departed from Fort Lauderdale International Airport and was heading to Key West International Airport when the incident occurred.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials confirmed that the fire has been extinguished and DERM has been notified due to fuel runoff from the plane.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident, with the NTSB taking the lead.


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Alex Ciccarone is a Digital Journalist at WPLG. She was born and raised in Miami and graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelors of Science degree in Telecommunications.