1 Dead in small plane crash in Everglades

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A single-engine plane was found just before 6:30 a.m. east of U.S. 27, about seven miles north of I-75 in unincorporated Broward County, the Broward Sheriff’s Office reported. The only person onboard had died.  The plane took off from Boca Raton Airport at about 5 p.m. Sunday and crashed about a half-hour later,  the Federal Aviation Administration reported.

The family of the pilot reported the plane missing at 12:19 a.m. Monday, Capt Ty Lanhen from Civil Air Patrol said.

“Florida Civil Air Patrol then began an immediate response launching aircraft out of the Pompano Beach area and at 6:30 a.m., basically first light we did locate the aircraft,” Lanhen said.

When a rescue crew found the plane around 6:30 a.m., they could not land because the wreckage was in a swampy area.

The FAA said the plane was heading to Opa-locka Executive Airport and crashed after traveling 25 miles.

Further information was not readily available.

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