3 dead in Florida plane crash

Small plane went down in Fort Lauderdale

A small plane crashed into a Florida parking lot, killing three people on board.

The crash happened soon after the twin-engine Piper Cheyenne 2 turbo prop took off from the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Friday afternoon, sister station WPTV reported.

According to Matt Little, Fort Lauderdale Public Information Officer,  three people were believed to be on board and there were no survivors.

He said the plane banked to the right and crashed into parked vehicles at 964 NE 53 Court. There were no initial injuries reported on the ground.

A Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport spokesman says the plane began experiencing problems shortly after takeoff and was trying to return when it hit a warehouse at 53rd Street and North Powerline Road, about a half-mile east of the airport. It then crashed into the parking lot.

Witness Rick Blackburn told NewsChannel 5 he saw the plane banking and it 'popped.' "As it banked it popped, the engine popped and the plane went to the ground."

Blackburn took cell phone video of the aftermath. "The plane was crashed into the cars and sticking upward in its banked position and the cars started igniting fire. It was pickup truck, a small Cadillac and other cars sitting there."

Video from WPTV.com:

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