Small Plane Flies Into Bank; pilot dead
A Small plane crashed into the Federal Reserve Bank Building in Miami on Thursday night and one body was recovered from the wreckage. No one in the building was injured.
The single-engine aircraft slammed into the side of the one story building at 8:37 PM, exploded and burst into flames. More than 100 people attending a holiday party were evacuated from the building, which had some broken windows and charring.
Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue spokesman Louie Frenandez said it was too early to tell if the crash was deliberate, "but we're going to examine every angle."
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12-06-2002, 06:57 AM #1
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12-07-2002, 06:54 AM #2
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In addition, the plane crash occurred within 6 blocks of the headquarters of the Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue Department and the body of a second man, believed to have been aboard the experimental plane, was found Friday morning on a golf course only a few hundred yards away from the crash site. Authorities are reporting that the plane departd from a Boca Raton airport with two men on board earlier Thursday.
This will be an interesting story to follow.
12-08-2002, 08:48 AM #3
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Possible fire in cockpit
2nd body found near site of plane crash
By Madeline Baró Diaz
December 7, 2002
MIAMI · Police on Friday found the body of a man believed to be the second person on a single-engine experimental plane that crashed into the Federal Reserve Bank building in northwest Miami-Dade.
Miami-Dade homicide investigators found the dead man early Friday morning in a lake at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, which is across the street from the bank. Police think the man was on the plane that crashed into the building Friday night, killing another man on board, but were trying to get a positive identification. Investigators think the crash was an accident.
The men on the plane, a Four Winds 192 experimental aircraft, were employees of Four Winds Aircraft in New Smyrna Beach, said company President Jeff Rahm. He identified them as pilot Rick Grannis, a salesman and flight instructor, and Garry Williams, a sales manager who was also a pilot.
Rahm, whose company sells aircraft building kits, said the information he got from investigators was that there was an engine fire in flight, although initial National Transportation Safety Board reports did not mention an in-flight fire. According to Rahm, the plane landed on the ground, but the brakes locked up causing the plane to skid into the bank building. The gas tanks on board exploded, he said. No one inside the building was hurt.
"Landing an airplane at night full of smoke into a city is almost impossible, but they didn't even scratch a car, bump a stop sign or hurt anybody on the ground," Rahm said. "They're absolute heroes."
Grannis, 25, and Williams, 47, were on their way back to New Smyrna Beach from Marathon Airport. They had attended the holiday party of the Mid-Keys chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association to demonstrate the plane and took members for rides, said chapter President Ed Waldorf. No alcohol was served at the party, he said.
Waldorf said the men left from the airport about 8 p.m. About 8:30 p.m., the plane was flying through the area near Miami International Airport at about 5,500 feet when it suddenly made a sharp turn southeast, toward the airport, said NTSB Air Safety Investigator Alan Yurman. The plane came down and hit the building. It was not clear how a body from the plane made it across the street, said Miami-Dade Police Detective Robert Williams.
The plane was flying in controlled airspace because of its proximity to the airport and was required to be in touch with the radar control center at MIA, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen. The pilot contacted the airport tower, but did not report he was having trouble, Yurman said.
Both men were New Smyrna Beach natives, said Rahm, who described them as "pillars of the community" and "terrific guys."
According to the Four Winds Web site, Grannis had a background in aeronautical studies and spent four years in the Marine Corps. His job involved taking aircraft to shows to demonstrate them, the Web site said. Garry Williams' background was in general aviation and the medical industry, Rahm said.
The Four Winds 192 is a single-engine, four-seat airplane with a 1,000-mile range. Although called experimental aircraft, planes built from kits are still inspected and certified by FAA technical counselors and have certain limitations on where and how they can be flown, Waldorf said.
Madeline Baró Diaz can be reached at email@example.com or 305-810-5007. Copyright © 2002, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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