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Small Plane Crashes Next to Miramar Shopping Plaza, Near North Perry Airport

A small plane carrying two people crashed Tuesday morning in Miramar a few miles from North Perry Airport. Atleast 1 person is dead.

The Piper PA-34, which is registered to the Wayman Aviation flight school, crashed in the area of Pembroke Road and Hiatus Road.

The crash involved an “advanced student and a senior instructor” at Wayman Aviation Academy, an academy spokesman confirmed. The pair were conducting a training flight. The plane has a large “W” printed on one of its wings.

The aviation academy is based at North Perry Airport and at Opa-locka Executive Airport.

Helicopter video taken by Total Traffic Miami shows the charred and broken plane upside down next to a Chase bank in a shopping plaza in the area of Pembroke Road and Hiatus Road. Firefighters sprayed the area around the plane, trying to extinguish the flames as smoke filled the air.

In addition to the bank, a Publix, 7-Eleven and doctors offices are in the center.

Pembroke Pines and Miramar Police and fire-rescue are responding to the fiery plane crash.

According to Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen, the plane crashed while attempting to land on Pembroke Road at 9:30 a.m.

Dashcam footage sent to Local 10 News shows the plane striking powerlines in the area before crashing to the ground.

Bergen confirmed two people were aboard the plane, but would not confirm their identities or conditions.

According to Bergen, the plane departed from North Perry Airport and the pilot told air traffic controllers that he was trying to return to the airport when the plane went down.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash. The probable cause of the accident will be determined by the NTSB, Bergen said.

Pembroke Pines police said the roadway has been temporarily shut down.

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