Plane crashes into mobile homes in Florida, according to authorities from Palm Beach Springs, Palm Beach County. Two of the homes were reportedly set ablaze as a result of the collision.
Local authorities say the incident happened at the Mar-Mak Colony Park in Palm Springs before 6pm, yesterday. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Captain Albert Borroto said that a few residents had dialed 911 shortly before the accident, claiming to have witnessed a small aircraft flying dangerously low, close to the ground.
Apart from the two mobile homes set on fire, the accident also sent back a black plume of smoke into the sky and left behind an “unknown number of victims,” according to local authorities. Borroto however did not comment on the exact number of injuries and refused to say if any casualties were reported, as investigations are still underway.
However, new reports have surfaced, claiming that the incident resulted in at least three casualties. Such claims were made by the manager of the Mar-Mak Colony Park, Lori Wilkerson.
Local resident Domingo Galicia said his mobile home was also hit by the aircraft and that his 21-year-old daughter was inside when the incident occurred. He tried storming in his home shortly afterwards in an attempt to rescue his daughter, but he was met with flames when he opened the door.
His daughter, Banny Garcia, is believed to be one of the casualties of the accident. Her father remains uncertain about her whereabouts, leading many to speculate the worst.
However, it remains unclear how many passengers were onboard the plane and how many trailer park residents were at home when the crash occurred. An official death toll is difficult to establish at this point.
Clara Ingram also lives in the Mar-Mak Colony Park. She was at home when the incident happened and recalls hearing explosion-like sounds. Arthur Grimes was on his way to visit a friend who lives in the trailer park when the crash happened. He reports seeing the aircraft dropping from the sky, crashing into the Mar-Mak Colony Park and then bursting into flames.
By late Tuesday, emergency services managed to extinguish the fire, but plumes of smoke were still rising from the scene of the crash. Kathleen Bergen, a spokesperson for the Federal Aviation Administration, has confirmed the crash in an email sent to the Associated Press. However, the FAA has refused to provide any further details at this stage of the investigation.
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