Two Hospitalized in Miami-Dade After Small Plane Crash in Everglades

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  • Two people were rushed to the hospital after the small plane they were on crash into the Everglades in Miami-Dade County.
  • Crews from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue as well as Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, responded to the scene west of Okeechobee Road and Krome Avenue.
  • The two people were airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where their conditions and identity are not known at this time.

Two people were rushed to the hospital after the small plane they were in crashed into the Everglades in Miami-Dade County.

Crews from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue as well as Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, responded to the scene west of Okeechobee Road and Krome Avenue - near the line between Miami-Dade and Broward - just before 11 p.m., with responders having to be lowered by helicopter to the scene miles west of the roadway.

The FAA said the Cessna 152 aircraft was traveling to Miami Executive Airport when it crashed, saying they will investigate along with the NTSB.

The two people were airlifted to Kendall Regional Medical Center, where they are in stable condition, according to Miami-Dade Police.

The owner of Mack's Fishing Camp, located 15 miles east of where the crash took place, said a blinding rainstorm had come in not long before.

"It was a small cell but very very aggressive rainstorm that came through at approximately 9:40 pm and was about a 15-20 minute long storm that had 30-40 mile an hour gusts," said Marshall Jones.

Jones said if it weren't for the current drought, the two people inside could have drowned, adding he has participated in similar operations in the area over the last five years.

"If they were trying to move away from the aircraft, which is never a suggested idea, if they were trying to move away from the aircraft seeking help they could run across an alligator that could be very defensive," he added.

Chopper 6 was over the scene Friday morning, showing the wreckage of the plane with the name of a local flight school, Dean International, on the side. A pilot onboard a plane owned by the same company died in a crash last summer in the Everglades near Homestead.

NBC 6 obtained reports by the National Transportation and Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration of downed planes at Dean International. Since 2007, a total of 29 accidents or incidents have been documented, including five fatalities.

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