2 Dead After Missing Plane Crashes Near Alligator Alley In Florida

Cessna F172N at Leeds Bradford Airport.

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Two people were found dead after rescue crews responded to a plane crash near Alligator Alley in South Florida on Wednesday (January 24). According to WPLG, Broward County Fire Rescue crews found the wreckage of a Cessna Skyhawk near mile marker 28, which is about four miles west of U.S. Highway 27.

Data from FlightAware shows the plane departed from North Perry Airport around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (January 23). The aircraft was in the skies for about 15 minutes before it suddenly disappeared and was later reported missing, according to officials.

A spokesperson for the fire rescue said they observed a small fire at the scene.

Helicopter footage from WPLG shows parts of the Skyhawk scattered across swampy plains. First responders appear to be surveying the area on a boat. Towards the end of the livestream, rescue crews can be seen focusing on a particular piece of the plane that was spouting flames.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash, a spokesperson confirmed to the news station.

No word on preliminary findings regarding the incident. The victims haven't been identified as of Thursday morning (January 25).

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