A private plane crashed into a Miami bridge on Saturday afternoon, creating flaming wreckage after colliding with an SUV. Since then, a video depicting the grim aftermath of the incident has garnered more than 324,000 views on social media.
The incident happened just after noon EST Saturday. The small plane was carrying three passengers when it lost power and began to crash. He eventually landed on the Haulover Inlet Bridge near Miami’s Haulover Beach, according to WFLA News. The smoke from the crash could have been seen for miles around.
“Horrible private plane crash at [Miami]”Twitter user Alex Huberman wrote in a tweet alongside video of the aftermath of the crash.
Despite the chaotic landing and the fiery aftermath of the crash, only one person has been confirmed dead so far. Their identity has not been revealed to the public at this time. The SUV involved in the accident was driven by a woman with her two children on board, all of whom survived and were not injured. Around 6 p.m. EST, authorities said the bridge would remain closed for “several hours,” according to the Miami Heraldby Martin Vassolo.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released a statement on the incident, confirming that the craft involved was a single-engine Cessna.
“A single-engine Cessna 172 lost engine power and landed on the Haulover Inlet Bridge on Route A1A in Miami at approximately 1 p.m. local time, striking a vehicle during landing,” the statement sent to CBS Miami said. “There were three people on board. The aircraft took off from Fort Lauderdale International Airport with an intended destination of Key West International Airport. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.”
Two other passengers were rescued from the wreckage of the plane after the fires were extinguished, according to NBC Miami. The outlet reported that five people were injured in the incident, two of whom were reportedly taken to hospital with traumatic injuries. One was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital, while the other was taken to Jackson North Medical Center.
“We had three lifeguards from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue who were first on the scene and started helping the patients,” fire department spokeswoman Erika Benitez explained, according to NBC Miami. “Within minutes several more units arrived and when they arrived they saw a burning plane, in addition to a vehicle that had been hit by the plane.”
Newsweek contacted the FAA for comment.