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Friday, September 21, 2007

Small Plane Crashes Onto Interstate 95 Near Fort Lauderdale - Beech H18 N123MD

Same aircraft landing in Miami International Airport 3/19/2007. Photo by Pete Alvarez

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A small plane crashed Friday onto Interstate 95 shortly after taking off, authorities said. Information on potential victims was not immediately available.

"Apparently it was leaving Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and it went down shortly after takeoff," said Fort Lauderdale spokesman Chaz Adams.

Adams said the plane was a twin-engine Beechcraft, but he did not have information on how many passengers were aboard.

"It's lying in one of the southbound lanes of I-95," Adams said.

Rescue officials were on the scene. The interstate was shut down after the crash, Adams said. (FOX NEWS)

See video of crash site with pilot still sitting in what's left of the plane [here]

See images from the crash site [here]

More photos [here]

Comment by Pete:
I was near this area when it happened. The plane was a Beechcraft H-18. Photos I saw on Channel 7 look a lot like the aircraft above that I shot landing in Miami a few months ago.

Update: I'm pretty sure now that the airplane pictured above is the the one that crashed, N123MD registered to Monarch Air Group. The Pilot Robert Robertson is one lucky guy. We wish him a speedy recovery....

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