A Florida business’s surveillance camera captured video footage of a small plane exploding into a fireball after it crashed into a building housing a therapy center for children with autism in Fort Lauderdale over the weekend.
The pilot was identified 51-year-old Eladio Marquez of New Jersey by his wife, who said Marquez was flying with a friend who was also a former flight student.
Marquez had been flying for 12 years and had been an instructor for 10 years, according to his widow.
The Cessna 335 had taken off from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport Saturday afternoon when, moments later, the plane crashed into a building in the 1000 block of Northwest 62nd Street.
Video footage from nearby H & J Electronics International Inc. shows the plane skidding across the parking lot, trailed by heavy smoke, and then erupting into flames upon impact.
Several people, including children, could be seen running out of the building. There were eight adults and five children inside the center at the time of the crash but none were injured.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident.