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Air traffic controller killed after plane smashes into BRIDGE and bursts into flames

An air traffic controller has been killed and several others left injured after a small plane crashed into a bridge in Miami, Florida.

In one clip, the small jet can be seen following the crash, resting on a bridge near Haulover Park.

The aircraft was in flames and emitting heavy smoke following the incident – which occurred around 1pm local time on Saturday on the bridge.

The shocking footage has been viewed more than 480,000 times on Twitter at the time of writing.

A second video taken on the bridge shows the smoking plane with numerous police vehicles parked nearby.

The plane is believed to have left the airport around 12.40pm and appeared to be trying to land on Collins Avenue before crashing on the bridge.

Authorities say Narciso Torres, 36, died when the single-engine Cessna 172 he was on lost engine power and crashed (Gofundme)

Narciso Torres, 36, an air traffic controller, was killed in the crash.

Meanwhile five other people are believed to have been injured.

Two people who were on board have been treated in hospital for burns and a further three people, including two children, travelling in a minivan on the bridge taken to hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Fire crews who extinguished the blaze were said to have found Torres' body in the wreckage (Jam Press Vid/Mike Hawk/Body Cam)
The small jet crashed on a bridge near Haulover Park (Jam Press Vid/Alex H/Body Cams+/)

Miami-Dade Police Spokesman Alvaro Zabaleta said on Sunday that fire crews extinguished the blaze found Torres' body in the wreckage, NBC Miami reports.

"This is a terrible tragedy that has sent shock waves throughout our NATCA family," National Air Traffic Controllers Association President Rich Santa said in a statement.

Meanwhile, three people who were driving in the minivan the plane crashed directly into - a woman and two children, ages 2 and 6 - were also hospitalised.

They are not believed to have suffered any serious injuries.

The deadly incident killed an air traffic controller and left several other people injured (Jam Press Vid/Alex H/Body Cams+/)
(Jam Press Vid/Mike Hawk/Body Cam)

"It is miraculous that you're traveling in a vehicle, you know, the driver with the two toddlers and you [suffer a] head-on collision with an aircraft and everybody's OK," Zabaleta said.

"So we're thankful for that, but it's still unfortunate that we did lose somebody on the scene."

According to reports from The Miami Herald, Torres was known for his love of flying.

He had many certificates, including for aircraft dispatcher, mechanic, air traffic tower operator and private pilot.

Smoke is seen from the wreckage of a plane, after it crashed onto the bridge (CHAD RANEY via REUTERS)
The aftermath of the plane crash in Miami (Jam Press Vid/Alex H/Body Cams+/)

Torres began his career in May 2008 at the Orlando International Air Traffic Control tower.

While he later transferred to the New York Terminal Radar Approach Control in 2010, he eventually soon decided to return to Florida, coming back to the Orlando International Airport in 2011 before moving to the Miami International Airport in 2015.

Torres served as a local union president for the NATCA in Orlando from 2013 to 2015 and was again elected union president at the Miami airport in 2019.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board will be investigating the crash.