Two people were found deceased Saturday following a plane crash approximately one and a half miles south of Port Everglades.
Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Miami received a call from the Broward County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 10 a.m. Saturday, reporting a down Cessna 172 airplane, registered N6091E, roughly four miles south of Port Everglades with an unknown number of people on board.
Sector Miami watchstanders launched two Station Fort Lauderdale Response Boat Medium boatcrews to assist with the search.
At approximately 11 a.m. Saturday a Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue aircraft located plane wreckage and two people roughly one and a half miles south of Port Everglades. The two people were transferred to Station Fort Lauderdale and pronounced deceased.
The Coast Guard suspended the search at approximately 1:45 p.m. after confirming that there weren’t more passengers aboard the plane.
A Coast Guard Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter crew, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Department of Fire and Rescue, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine units, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Department and Seatow also assisted with the search.
The plane, registered to Volux Aviation, departed from Pompano Beach Airpark and was headed to Ocean Reef, in Key Largo.
In this LiveATC recording, Fort Lauderdale Air Traffic Controller warns the pilot of heavy precipitation on his route.
“Request permission to continue along the shoreline under 500ft”, the pilot said.
“Be advised there is heavy precipitation at your 12 o’clock in four miles. You might want to proceed another 3 miles off shore to avoid that precipitation”, the Air Traffic Controller advised.
The pilot later reported changing his course to fly back north.
According to the FAA aircraft registry, Volux Aviation operated two Cessna 172N in its fleet, registered N6091E and N734WD, although one of them, N734WD, was exported to Brazil in 2014.