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Two People Killed When Small Plane Crashes Into Pembroke Park Building

PEMBROKE PARK (CBSMiami) – A small plane crashed into a building in Pembroke Park on Friday morning, killing two people on board, according to the Broward Sheriff's Office.

The twin-engine Aero Commander prop plane came down in the 1700 block of South Park Road around 9:30 a.m.

The plane struck the building and the crash was captured on surveillance video obtained by CBS4.

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A man who works nearby heard and saw the final moments.

"I heard a whistling sound.  When I looked up I saw this plane, it was so low. I moved a little bit. Just as it passed I heard the engine stall out, then it stalled out twice."

He said seconds after that, the plane crashed.

"After that, I see it banking to the left violently, so I run to get another look, but it was already down.  It just happened quickly."

Just before going down a traffic reporter and his crew heard the desperate call from the cockpit.

Joaquin Ricalde Magaña
Joaquin Ricalde Magaña CBS4 has learned was one of the people who died in Friday's airplane crash in Broward County.

"My pilot's listening on the radio, he hears, 'Oh F, Oh F, oh my gosh.' Then the tower calls out the N number, the plane did not respond and then the tower declared an emergency," said Stephen J. Gray from Total Traffic Network.

In video from Chopper 4, the bodies of those on board are covered with yellow tarps near the wreckage of the plane.

The front end of the plane is completely smashed in.

Pembroke Park Plane Crash
Damage to building from small plane crash in Pembroke Park. (CBS4)

The building, a storage facility, had damage to a fourth floor window and exterior wall.

According to BSO Sgt. Don Prichard, there was nobody in the building at the time.

Prichard also said the plane was leaving Pompano Beach and heading to Opa locka.

No word yet on what caused the accident or who was on board.

One of the men who died was identified as Joaquin Ricalde Magaña by his family. The other person who died has not yet been identified.

The FAA and NTSB will be taking lead in the investigation.


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