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Good Samaritans Who Ran to Help Victims After Plane Hit SUV on Haulover Inlet Bridge Speak Out




Several good Samaritans jumped into action to help the people on board a small plane and SUV that were involved in a fiery crash on the Haulover Inlet Bridge.

Marlene Hernandez and her daughter Marleene described the harrowing moments when they saw the Cessna 172 zoom toward the bridge, located in Northeast Miami-Dade, just before 1 p.m., Saturday.

“It was right on top of the roof of our car,” said Marlene.

Moments later, the single-engine aircraft burst into flames, as dark smoke billowed into the sky.

“It was out of a horror movie,” said Marleene.

Also witnessing the impact was good Samaritan Beau Borges.

“I just started to come up on the bridge as the plane hit and it struck the car,” he said.

Marleene said she quickly grabbed her young son and ran the other way to get to safety..

Meanwhile, her mother ran toward the red SUV that was hit by the plane head on. Inside the vehicle was a mother and her two toddlers.

“I said, Mom, come back! Mom, where are you going?’ Because I’m afraid this is going to explode,” said Marleene.

Marlene said she was reacting in the moment.

“I knew it was dangerous, but God gave me the strength,” she said.

Marlene said she reached woman and children, who by that point had exited the SUV. She hugged the survivors on the bridge.

“I told them, ‘Everything is fine. You’re alive, you made it, you’re alive,’” she said.

“That mom and those kids, it’s a miracle that they are here,” said Marleene.

Borges, meanwhile, zeroed in on the occupants of the Cessna.

“I put my van in park. I started running towards the plane,” he said.

Investigators said two people inside the Cessna were able to get out on their own.

Borges said he reached the aircraft and helped the two passengers.

“An older gentleman was trying to help one guy off the floor, so I grabbed the guy with him, we pulled him to the sidewalk,” said Borges.

By that point, more people had stopped to help.

“As we turned back, we realized that there was another man kind of on the rear of the plane, and everybody helped him get to the sidewalk,” said Borges.

Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene shortly after.

Sadly, the pilot of the Cessna, Narciso Torres, died at the scene. He was a veteran air traffic controller at Miami International Airport.

In a statement issued to 7News, Saturday night, the president of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association said, “Narciso touched so many people with his warmth and kindness, both with NATCA, in the facilities he worked and in every interaction he had.”

Marlene and Marleene believe the pilot’s quick thinking saved their lives and many others.

“By a miracle of God it wasn’t worse,” said Marleene.

As of late Sunday night, authorities have not yet released the names of the surviving victims.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are leading investigation into the crash. Officials said it is still very early in their investigation to determine what caused the crash.

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Video Shows Bull Shark in Lighthouse Point Canal




A marine predator was spotted swimming in a canal in Lighthouse Point.

Cellphone video sent in by a 7News viewer on Sunday captured a bull shark about a mile north of Hillsboro Inlet.

The shark went around in a circle before it swam away.

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Coast Guard Crew Rescues Haitian Migrants Found on Stalled Sailboat Off Islamorada




A U.S. Coast Guard crew came to the rescue of a group of Haitian migrants who made a dangerous journey that ended off the Florida Keys.

According to Coast Guard officials, the migrants’ sailboat had stalled off the coast of Islamorada/

A good Samaritan on Saturday spotted the group and called the Coast Guard for help.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents helped the crew take the people on board into custody.

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Fire Sparks on Roof of Pollo Tropical in Sunrise




A fire broke out on the roof of a Pollo Tropical in Sunrise.

Cameras showed heavy smoke rising from the restaurant located on West Sunrise Boulevard, late Saturday night.

Firefighters got to work and douses the flames.

No injuries have been reported.

It remains unclear what started the blaze.

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