Broward County

2 dead in small plane crash off Dania Beach coast

Two people were killed when a small plane crashed into a body of water Saturday morning off the Dania Beach coast.

The crash, which took place just 200 yards east of a Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport runway, was handled by several agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, the Broward Sheriff’s Office marine unit and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The names of the two victims have not yet been released.

Officials got the call at around 10 a.m. after the plane had departed from Pompano Beach Airpark at around 8:30 a.m.

“A BSO helicopter first spotted an oil sheen, indicating where the plane had crashed. They later spotted two victims,” Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said.

The BSO homicide unit is conducting a death investigation.

The Federal Aviation Administration described the aircraft as a Cessna 172 that was flying south along the shoreline before it fell into the ocean.

This report will be updated as more information becomes available.