At least six people were injured, two seriously, when a small plane crashed into a highway bridge and burst into flames north of Miami on Saturday afternoon, according to local media reports.
The plane crashed into the Haulover Inlet Bridge at the north end of Biscayne Bay in Miami Dade County near Bal Harbor shortly before 1 p.m., according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
Single-engine Cessna 172 with three people on board lost engine power after taking off from Fort Lauderdale en route to Key West, ABC Miami journalist Jeff Weinsier tweeted.
A video posted on Twitter showed the small plane flattened and burning in the middle of the roadway, sending up plumes of thick black smoke.
A damaged SUV was seen a short distance away. CBS 4 Miami reported that the plane struck the SUV when it landed on the freeway.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue told CBS six people were injured, two seriously. One was air rescued to Ryder Trauma Center, the other to hospital by ambulance.
It’s not yet known if the two were on the plane or the SUV, but they had burns, according to NBC-6 South Florida, which would suggest they were on the plane since the SUV did not catch fire. .
Separate video appears to show someone exiting the plane after it hits the ground and running to the other side as smoke begins to rise, where he helped another man jump from the wreckage .
This second man then fell to the ground and bystanders helped pull him away from the plane as the fire grew.