Broward County

2 Rescued After Small Plane Goes Down in Florida Everglades in Broward

2 people were on the plane and suffered minor injuries, officials said

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Authorities responded after a small plane went down in the Florida Everglades in Broward County Thursday afternoon.

The incident was reported just before 1 p.m. in an area of the Everglades south of Interstate 75.

FAA officials said the single-engine Cessna 172 landed in a field in the Everglades about 10 miles west of Hollywood.

Two people were on board and suffered minor injuries, officials said.

Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Michael Kane said the plane had left North Perry Airport around 12:30 p.m.

"According to one of the passengers they believe that they lost power at some point. They said they were airborne for about 90 minutes until they lost power and they conducted a controlled landing which ended up flipping the aircraft on its roof," Kane said.

Footage showed the two people sitting on top of the plane, which was completely flipped over. Airboats responded to pick them up.

"Fortunately for them they were relatively uninjured. They suffered very minor injuries and they were able to self extricate by themselves from the aircraft and they were safely awaiting the rescue," Kane said.

The FAA is investigating, and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified about the event, officials said.

“Today because I think of the situational awareness of the pilot, his technique, his skill and also because of the weather conditions today, it’s very clear and the wind is brisk. He was able to safely land the aircraft in the Everglades," Kane said.

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