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No casualties reported in plane crash off South Florida coast

Officials say the two occupants of the Piper PA-28 were examined but not taken to the hospital.

By Fred Lambert
No casualties reported in plane crash off South Florida coast
Officials said two occupants of a Piper PA-28, similar to the one picture, survived after the aircraft crashed 8 miles off the South Florida coast on February 2, 2016. Photo by AlfvanBeem/ Wikimedia Commons

HAULOVER BEACH, Fla., Feb. 2 (UPI) -- Officials said two occupants of a single-engine plane that crashed Tuesday off the coast of Haulover Beach, Fla. were not injured.

Coast Guard vessels and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue ships could be seen in the area of the crash, which occurred 8 miles off the Atlantic coast, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

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ABC Local 10 quoted witness Hardy Sides as saying he saw the plane, a Piper PA-28, nose dive into the water.

Coast Guard and Fire Rescue officials said both occupants, whom have not been identified, were examined by paramedics but not taken to the hospital.

The plane was reportedly registered to Growl Inc. in Merritt Island, Fla.

The FAA said it would investigate the incident.

Last October, the pilot of a Cessna C172 reportedly survived after being forced to make an emergency landing 14 miles off the coast of Haulover Beach.

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