Authorities find 2 dead after Cessna aircraft crashes

Cessna 172 departed from Pompano Beach en route to Ocean Reef

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Authorities found two dead after a small plane crashed about a mile south of Port Everglades, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A Broward Sheriff's Office air rescue helicopter found plane wreckage and two people about 1 1/2 miles south of Port Everglades at 11 a.m. Saturday, officials said. The two people were taken to Station Fort Lauderdale and were pronounced dead.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen reported a Cessna 172 aircraft "ditched" in the Atlantic Ocean east of Fort Lauderdale after flying southbound over the shoreline.

The plane -- registered to Volux Aviation -- departed from Pompano Beach Airpark, 1001 NE 10th St.

In a LiveATC archived call, the pilot said he was headed to Ocean Reef in Key Largo. He was in communication with the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport's tower control.

A woman with FLL tower control warned him of heavy rain. The pilot later reported changing his course to fly back north.

Air and marine units from Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue, and the Florida Fish and Wildlife worked with the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The U.S. Coast Guard's Air Station Miami MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was involved in the search until about 1:45 p.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board was leading the investigation, according to the Coast Guard.

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