Plane Crashes in West Miami-Dade, Leaving 4 Dead, 500 Homes Without Power

A small plane with a capacity to hold up to 20 people crashed into trees this afternoon after engine problems near the intersection of Krome Avenue and SW 144th Street.

Authorities have now confirmed that four people died in the plane crash. The identities of the victims have not been released.

Florida Power and Lights reports that the crash cut off power to about 500 surrounding homes after the plane brought down a power line. Update: Power has now been restored to most homes in the area.

The twin-engine Beechcraft 1900 took off from Miami Executive Airport in Kendall earlier today and was scheduled to fly to the Turks and Caicos, but had signaled that it would turn around due to engine problems.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue first was alerted to the crash at 2:41 p.m.

About 85 firefighters reported the scene to put out the fire.

Though the particular plane can hold 20 people (19 passengers and a pilot) it is also often used to transport cargo.

Roads in the immediate surrounding area have been closed off.

Update: An earlier version of this story reported the plane took off from Miami Opa Locka Executive Airport, but the plane took off from Miami Executive Airport in Kendall.

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Kyle Munzenrieder