Plane Crashes Into House Outside Miami, Killing Pilot

by nph | May 4th, 2011

May 4, 2011

Pilot Harry Trauffer, 64, was killed shortly after 8 a.m. Monday morning when his twin-engine Beachcraft 18 crashed into two cars and a house in a Miami Gardens neighborhood and then caught fire. No other people were hurt in the crash, which occurred on Northwest 157th Street and 37th Avenue.

The deadly plane crash transpired just seconds after take-off from the Opa-locka Airport. Trauffer’s stepson Eric Johnson told local news station WSVN that Trauffer had 40 years of experience as a pilot and that he believes that his stepfather risked his own life to save the lives of others when choosing where to crash land the plane.

Trauffer owned the Beachcraft 18 and a charter company. His intended destination was the Bahamas.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators have said they can find neither indication of an in-flight fire or explosion nor evidence of flight control failure. They’re continuing on with a month-long investigation into the plane and Trauffer’s health.

Trauffer did radio the airport tower to say he was having a problem with his plane.

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