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Miami Air Traffic Controller Narciso Torres Identified as Death in Haulover Plane Crash – CBS Miami

MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Miami Air Traffic Controller Narciso Torres was identified as the deceased when a small plane hit an SUV as it crashed into the Haulover Inlet Bridge early Saturday afternoon.

“This is a terrible tragedy that has sent shockwaves through our entire NATCA family,” said NATCA President Rich Santa. “Our hearts go out to Narciso’s wife, Jennifer, his entire family and the many Union brothers and sisters who loved him so much and who now face an indescribable loss. Narciso touched so many people with his warmth and kindness, both within NATCA, in the facilities where he worked, and in every interaction he had.

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According to the FAA, a single-engine Cessna 172 lost engine power and touched down on the Haulover Inlet Bridge around 1 p.m., striking a vehicle during landing. He said there were three people on board.

The aircraft departed Fort Lauderdale International Airport and was heading to Key West International Airport.

“When the plane went down, there was what appears to be a head-on collision with this SUV, causing the plane to roll over and then, of course, be engulfed in flames,” Miami-Dade Det said. Alvaro Zabaletta. “Inside the SUV was a female driver with two small children. Thankfully they were transported as a precaution but are in stable, undamaged condition in hospital.

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Zabaleta said when firefighters arrived they found two of the plane’s passengers had exited the plane. After extinguishing the fire, they discovered Torres dead inside.READ MORE: Rickenbacker causeway closed after vehicle hits and kills 2 cyclists

A total of five people were taken to hospital. Two of the injured were trauma alerts, one was airlifted to Ryder Trauma Center and the other was taken by ambulance to Aventura Hospital.

The mother and children were taken to Mount Sinai Medical Center.

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Smoke and fire could be seen rising from the wreckage at 108 Street and Collins Avenue near Haulover Beach.

A video posted to Twitter by Alex Huberman captured the aftermath of the crash.

Collins Avenue between 96th and 163rd Streets was closed for the investigation and removal of wreckage.

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The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.