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One dead after small plane crashes near Miami airport

At least one dead after a small plane crashed near Miami Executive Airport Sunday. (WSVN 7 News)

The pilot of a small plane was killed after the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from Miami Executive Airport Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration released a statement of a Piper PA 60 crashed about a mile and a half west of the airport, just before 3 hours

The statement reads, “The pilot departed from Miami Executive and was on the way to the airport after declaring an emergency.”

Radio traffic captures audio of the pilot moments before the impact. “The declaring of an emergency, where an emergency situation,” he is heard saying.

According to the Miami-Dade Police, the plane went near Southwest 157th Avenue and 120th Street, killing the pilot.

“I look back, and it was just — he was gone,” said witness Andy Fuentes.

Then came the ambulance, there was nothing they could do.

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