Small plane crashes in Everglades near Parkland

Two people sustained serious injuries Sunday about 10:30 a.m. when a small plane crashed into a levee in the Everglades near the Broward-Palm Beach County line.

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The survivors were a 52-year-old man, and a woman, said Mike Jachles, spokesman for Broward Sheriff Office.

The man was conscious and suffered burns, Jachles said. He was airlifted to Broward Health North. The woman was transported by Coral Springs Fire Department crews to Broward Health North.

Coral Springs Fire Department Division Chief Mike Moser said the pilot of the plane made a 911 call and also notified the tower at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport that the aircraft was in distress. Airport officials, monitoring the plane on the radar, could see it descending, Moser said.

After the plane went down, a thick column of black smoke rose into the air, attracting the attention of several people who were fishing in the area, near where Loxahatchee Road meets the Everglades.

One of anglers, Susie Hopper, 41, said she tried to walk down the levee toward the smoke, but stopped short when she heard an explosion. Hopper said she thought an airboat had crashed into the levee, not realizing it was a plane.

“I tried to walk up there and yelled ‘Hey, do you need any help?'” Hopper said.

Hopper called a friend, then heard sirens.

Coral Springs Fire Department crews arrived, as did Broward Sheriff’s Office Air Rescue, Broward Sheriff’s deputies, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

This story will be updated. Check back for more information.

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