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Small Plane Crashes Into Fort Lauderdale Condo
Fort Lauderdale, Florida – A small banner plane crashed into a condominium building Friday in Fort Lauderdale, killing one person.
“All of the sudden we heard the sound of a prop plane, like out of nowhere, for like three seconds. We heard a really loud crash and the building shook substantially,” said Wayne Leonard, who was inside the building when the crash occurred.
Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan said the plane crashed into the side of the building, between the 16th and 17th floors, and then landed on the pool deck below.
Gollan said the building was occupied at the time, but no residents were injured. He said the building was evacuated as a precaution.
Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the Piper PA-25 took off from North Perry Airport in Pembroke Pines.
The plane is registered to Aerial Banners Inc., which is based at North Perry Airport. Employees at the company locked the front door to their building after the crash.
“We are deeply saddened for the loss of our fellow aviator today, March 1, 2019,” a statement from the North Perry Airport Community Association read in part. “For reasons still to be determined, a banner towing aircraft collided with a building along Ft Lauderdale beach. Our thoughts are with the pilot and his family. We are grateful that there was no further loss of life.”