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Pilot believed dead in crash

MIAMI

Plane crashes into house, cars

A twin-engine cargo plane crashed into two vehicles and a house and caught fire just north of an airport in the Miami area.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue spokeswoman Cristina Armand said the crash happened shortly after 8 a.m. Monday. She said one person on the plane, believed to be the pilot, is dead. She said no injuries have been reported on the ground.

It appears the plane crashed into the vehicles before coming to rest at the back of the house.

The plane and vehicles were fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived.

BRADENTON

Man dies in burning car

A man died after his car caught fire in a Sam's Club parking lot.

The Florida Highway Patrol said the man was driving recklessly in the parking lot about 10 p.m. Sunday when his 2010 Lexus got stuck in a median.

Officials say the man got out and tried to push the car free. But it caught fire and the Highway Patrol said the man got back in the car and burned to death. The agency is withholding the driver's name until next of kin can be notified.

NAPLES

Vehicle hits, kills Florida panther

A Florida panther was killed by a vehicle near Big Cypress National Preserve in Collier County over the weekend.

The panther's body was found about 11:30 p.m. Saturday on U.S. 41. It was the sixth panther struck and killed by a vehicle this year and the 12th panther reported dead in 2011. Scientists believe about 100 panthers are left in Florida.

Associated Press

Pilot believed dead in crash 05/03/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 12:38am]

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