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Small plane crashes in Broward County

CBS4/Miami Herald

A small plane went down in western Broward County Monday afternoon.

Three people were reportedly on board at the time of the crash at 12:45 p.m.

The Piper Navajo (PA-32) with tail number N55GK reportedly disappeared off of Interstate 75 and Interstate 595 before being found in a swampy area near U.S. 27, just north of Griffin Road. Federal aviation officials said it crashed just 16 miles west of Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, at the edge of the Everglades.

The plane seemed to be broken in half. The pilot was stuck in the wreck while a passenger with a bloodied face was seen walking around.

At least six firefighters were seen using the “jaws of life” to remove the pilot from the wreck. Once he was freed, air rescue was on the scene, ready to airlift the pilot to an area hospital.