Parking Lot Owner at Loss After Plane Crash in Fort Lauderdale

Cleanup continues at RJ Asset Recovery after a twin-engine plane crashed in its parking lot in Fort Lauderdale Friday, killing three people

By Keith Jones
|  Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013  |  Updated 4:01 PM EDT
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Cleanup continues at RJ Asset Recovery after a twin-engine plane crashed in its parking lot in Fort Lauderdale Friday, killing three people. NBC 6's Keith Jones reports.

Cleanup continues at RJ Asset Recovery after a twin-engine plane crashed in its parking lot in Fort Lauderdale Friday, killing three people. NBC 6's Keith Jones reports.

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3 Dead in Fort Lauderdale Plane Crash

The parking lot where a small plane went down in Fort Lauderdale was lit up Friday night so authorities could investigate into the evening. Witnesses Rick Blackburn and Ebbey Davis Fort Lauderdale Police spokeswoman Detective DeAnna Garcia spoke about the crash that killed all three people aboard.

Plane Crash a Tragedy for Fort Lauderdale: Mayor

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler described Friday's deadly plane crash as a tragedy for the city. He extended his condolences to the families involved, and said the city is doing everything it can to address the situation. Seiler said Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport has a very good safety record, and said it's one of the busiest executive airports in the country.
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Cleanup continues at RJ Asset Recovery after a twin-engine plane crashed in its parking lot in Fort Lauderdale Friday, killing three people.

VIDEO: 3 Dead in Fort Lauderdale Plane Crash

“A lot of property damage,” said Terry Knowles, the owner of RJ Asset Recovery. “Just trying to get things cleaned up so we can get back to work.”

Knowles, who has lost both business and personal items, is hoping to get the parking lot cleaned so he can get his trucks in and out safely.

"My boat, my hunting buggy, my dooly, my trailer, my camper,” said Knowles as he made the list of his losses. “As far as businesses and vehicles, somewhere around $300,000.”

VIDEO: Firefighters at Scene of Twin-Engine Plane Crash in Fort Lauderdale

The staff continues to look through the burned skeletons of vehicles, and found seatbelts and the steering handlebars from the plane.

Kim Waller, whose husband Steven lost his life when piloting the plane, is also demanding answers on the cause of the accident.

“I blame the plane, the owner and the mechanics. Whoever operated it and worked on that plane,” Waller said over the weekend.

VIDEO: Witness on Fort Lauderdale Plane Crash: "Everything Was in Flames Over There"

But the owner of the plane, MAS Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, did not provide any answers or comments when NBC 6 went to its office on Monday.

The National Transportation Safety Board is expected to determine why the plane went down.

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