Victims are teachers and students from the flight school at Miami International Airport
The Miami-Dade Police Department, Homicide Bureau is conducting a death investigation as a result of two planes colliding in midair.
According to investigators, several 911 calls were received in reference to an explosion due to a possible plane crash.
With the assistance of the Florida Highway Patrol, Miccosukee Police Department, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation and Everglades National Park Rangers, first responders were able to respond and locate the crash site reachable only by airboat. Local airboat businesses assisted Miami-Dade Fire Rescue units to reach the crash site and confirm that two planes were involved. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel were able to determine that three people were deceased on the scene.
he planes went down south of Tamiami Trail a few miles west of Krome Avenue at mile marker 23.
Emergency personnel located the Piper Seneca just south of Tamiami Trail, with the Cessna wreckage being found a short distance further away.
The preliminary information revealed that both planes were training flight students. One of the aircrafts had two people onboard, leading investigators to believe that the second aircraft also had two. This was confirmed on Wednesday morning when authorities located a fourth victim. The crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board.
The victims have been identified as 19-year-old Nisha Sejwall, 22-year-old Jorge Sanchez, and 72-year-old Ralph Knight . The fourth victim found on Wednesday was identified by Miami-Dade Police Department Public Information Officer Alvaro Zabaleta as 22-year-old Carlos Alfredo Zanetti Scarpati, who was a student at Dean International Flight School. Zabaleta said the search on Wednesday began at 8:15 a.m. and that Zanetti’s body was found by homicide detectives approximately 9:30 a.m.
The crash will be investigated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). The flight patterns of each plane will be studied to see the patterns they were flying before they collided to see if there was anything unsual.
The planes came from Dean International Flight School based out of the Miami Executive Airport. The school has had several crashes and incidents over the past few years.
In May, two people were injured when a plane crashed, again in a remote part of the Everglades. And a year ago there were two other crashes, one of which a student was killed.