Small plane crashes into parking lot in South Florida

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The Associated Press

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 4:15 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 15 at 4:39 PM

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) - A small plane has crashed into a parking lot near a South Florida airport, killing at least one person.

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler told WTVJ-TV that at least person died in the Friday afternoon crash of a Piper Navajo. The plane is a two-engine turboprop.

A Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport spokesman says the plane began experiencing problems shortly after takeoff. The plane was apparently circling back to the airport 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.

Television images showed about eight cars in a corner that were burned out shells, a smoldering heap covered in foam spread by firefighters on the scene.

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