Plane that departed Boca Raton Airport crashes in Broward County, killing pilot

Posted at 9:08 AM, Jul 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-04 18:35:17-04

The FAA said a single-engine plane that departed Boca Raton Airport crashed in Broward County Sunday night, killing the pilot. 

The crash occurred just east of U.S. 27 about seven miles north of Alligator Alley in unincorporated Broward County. 

FAA spokesman Jim Peters said the Van RV7 aircraft left the Boca Raton Airport at about 5 p.m. and crashed 30 minutes later about 25 miles southwest of the airport.

Peters said the FAA issued an alert Sunday after the plane did not land at Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Miami. 

The Broward County Sheriff's Office learned from Civil Air Patrol that the plane had gone missing and began searching for the plane.

The wreckage was located just before 7 a.m. Monday after the Civil Air Patrol located the crash site and directed BSO Aviation Unit to the location.

BSO Marine Unit and fire rescue arrived at the site and confirmed the single occupant of the plane had died.

The sheriff’s office said the cause of the crash will be investigated by NTSB.

The pilot's name has not been released.