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Deadly Plane Crash Off South Florida Coast

Investigators now say all 19 people on board a plane heading to the Bahamas are dead.

Rescuers scoured the waters off Miami Beach to search for possible survivors and recover the dead. Authorities say a propeller plane carrying 20 people, including three infants and two crew members from Miami to the Bahamas, crashed Monday afternoon shortly after takeoff.

Jorge Gonzalez, Miami Beach City Manager, said, "We have been able to recover 19 bodies."

Witnesses say they saw a huge explosion in the sky as the plane dropped behind a condominium tower near the shore. The aircraft belongs to Chalk's Ocean Airways, which was founded nearly 90 years ago and services Florida and the Bahamas. The small airline has also been featured in television shows like Miami Vice and CSI.

Roger Nair, Chalk's Ocean Airlines Manager, says, “We are a close knit family airline and most of our passengers have been our customers for an extended period of time."

Authorities can't confirm what caused the crash or if there was an explosion. FBI investigators have been sent to the scene.


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