Fort Lauderdale plane crash update: Investigators sift through the wreckage of plane crash
11:59 PM, Mar 15, 2013
8:52 PM, Mar 16, 2013
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Investigators continued to sift through the wreckage of a plane crash that killed three people and burned several parked cars.
Smoke billowed into the air shortly after investigators said a plane carrying three people went down in a parking lot near Northwest 51st Place and Powerline Road, in Fort Lauderdale, shortly after 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
"It was like in a bank and as it was banking, a pop came from the plane and it just dove straight down. It fell like a rock," said Rick Blackborn who witnessed crash.
Authorities said it was a Cheyenne 2 twin-engine turboprop plane that was being used.
Inside the aircraft, friends of the victims confirmed, it was a man who owned a local aviation company and his son who he worked with. Friends also say there was another man inside who was a test pilot.
Investigators have not released the names of the victims.
"When I saw the news alert I actually called his cell phone. It just went straight to voice mail. Terrible," said Ricky White, a friend of one of the victims.
White said he knew on of the victims and said his friend was just about to get married. White showed up to where the victim worked hoping to offer support.
"It's just that feeling you get about somebody with a good heart, that was him," said White.
Investigators spent all of Friday, working late into the night searching for clues as to why the plane went down.
Firefighters said it does appear the pilot tried to maneuver the plane away from surrounding building, which they said saved lives.
"It looks like the pilot tried to aim for that parking lot and land in the parking lot. Whatever, however they tried to do it," said John San Angelo of the Fort Lauderdale Fire Department.
Federal investigators with the NTSB are expected to arrive on Saturday to being their investigation.