HAULOVER BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) - Police and Fire Rescue responded to the crash site where a small plane went down on Haulover Beach Monday.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue transported four patients with minor injuries from the scene near 10800 Collins Ave.
The single-engine Cessna could be seen upside down on the coast, after coming down just after 2 p.m., Monday.
A flight instructor, pilot and two passengers were inside the aircraft at the time of the crash.
Cellphone video captured a group of good Samaritans rushing to help the occupants.
The plane had visible wing, door and windshield damage.
Miami-Dade Police officials said the plane took off from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shortly after 1 p.m.
The plane’s engine started experiencing engine failure at 1:33 p.m., police said.
A man who was resting on the beach said he heard the crash which occurred about 150 feet from him.
“I was laying there reading on my towel, and then I heard some noisy stuff like a motor running out of gas and then a big bang,” witness Daniel Bedard said. “I just took my phone to get there and to film while I was going to see if there was anybody to help in there.”
The survivors, who only suffered minor injuries, were escorted off the beach by rescue crews.
“Even I saw it,” witness Vitaly Kozlov said. “They was laughing and smiling, so if the plane is going down, it doesn’t matter. It’s just money. It’s just a piece of metal. It’s really important to be healthy and to be alive.”
A three person crew could be seen removing what was left of the plane Tuesday morning.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash.
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