4 dead in plane crash in rural part of southern Florida

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Posted: Feb 11, 2015 7:53 PM

MIAMI (AP) — Florida authorities say a twin-engine propeller plane crashed in a rural part of Miami-Dade County shortly after takeoff Wednesday, killing all four people aboard.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen identified the plane as a Beechcraft 1900 that had been headed to Providenciales in the Turks and Caicos Islands. She said the plane was attempting to return to Miami Executive Airport when it crashed about 2:45 p.m.

All four people on board the aircraft died in the crash, said Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Arnold Piedrahita. He said the pilot reported engine problems after takeoff, then clipped a power line before the plane hit the ground and burst into flames. No buildings on the ground were damaged in an area dominated by farmland, although one large structure was not far away.

"We have found no signs of survivors," Piedrahita said. "We know the plane experienced some form of engine trouble."

The identities of the people killed were not immediately released. Bergen said the plane is not registered in the U.S. She said the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the cause of the crash.