At least 3 killed when small planes collide over Everglades

Authorities search for fourth person possibly on plane

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – At least three people were killed Tuesday when two small planes collided with each other over the Florida Everglades, authorities said at an afternoon news conference.

Miami-Dade police identified the victims as Jorge Sanchez, 22, Ralph Knight, 72, and Nisha Sejwal, 19.

Authorities believe a fourth person may have been on one of the planes as the people onboard were believed to have been training and departed from Miami Executive Airport.

"The two planes were possibly training, which leads us to believe that you had a pilot and a trainer, or a trainer and a student, and another plane with a trainer and a student," Miami-Dade police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said one crash was reported shortly after 1 p.m. in an area several miles west of Miccosukee Resort & Gaming, near the border of the Everglades. Authorities arrived at the scene to find a second plane had crashed nearby.

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"Our crews were actually out here this morning, training for incidents just as this in the anticipation of aircraft accidents or incidents," Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Andy Alvarez said.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue personnel had to use an airboat to access the first crash site.

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