1 Believed Dead in Fort Lauderdale Plane Crash

4 believed aboard; no word on casualties
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2009 1:39 PM CDT
Firefighters hose down the remains of the house split in two after a plane crashed minutes after takeoff from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport today in a suburb of Oakland Park, Fla.    (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)
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(Newser) – A small plane crashed into a home in Fort Lauderdale this morning, apparently killing the pilot, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports. Only the pilot was aboard, and the house was empty at the time. The Cessna 421 twin-engine prop plane had taken off from the nearby Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and was heading toward Fernandina Beach, near Jacksonville.

“They need to stop flying here,” said one neighborhood resident. The crash is at least the third involving planes from the airport in the past 5 years, the AP notes. In 2005, the pilot of a DC-3 cargo plane purposely crash-landed in the area because of its wide streets. All three people aboard that craft survived.