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A small plane crashes near Homestead airport

A small plane made a hard landing Monday May 16, 2016, at Homestead General Aviation Airport, 28700 SW 217 Ave.
A small plane made a hard landing Monday May 16, 2016, at Homestead General Aviation Airport, 28700 SW 217 Ave. ecochrane@miamiherald.com

A small plane landed hard, bouncing along Runway 36 at Homestead General Aviation Airport Monday afternoon, before stopping near a canal, federal officials said.

A separated tire could be spotted about six feet from the plane, which also was split in the front.

A Miami-Dade Fire spokeswoman confirmed that two people on board were taken to the hospital — one of whom was airlifted as a trauma alert. The plane went down at about 4:45 p.m. at 28700 SW 217th Ave., at the Homestead airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday the Piper PA/28 had only two people on board.

Greg Chin, a spokesman for Miami-Dade Aviation Department, said the plane was coming from Miami Executive Airport.

Investigators were there into the night collecting evidence on what may have caused the fixed single-engine plane to go down.

According to FAA records, the plane, which was built in 1966, was registered to Sandy and Santiago Gonzalez.

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