Pilot dies after banner-towing plane hits building near Florida beach

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WNCN/AP) – Emergency crews in Fort Lauderdale are responding to a small plane crash that left one person dead Friday afternoon, according to WTVJ.

The TV station says the plane slammed into a condominium building Friday around noon. Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue officials said the pilot was killed. 

No other injuries were reported.

Video from the scene shows what appears to be a small banner plane near the building. The Sun-Sentinel newspaper later confirmed the aircraft was a banner-towing plane.

Damage to the building was also visible.

Images posted by local media showed the crushed wreckage of the yellow plane amid debris on the roof of a building Friday afternoon in Fort Lauderdale.

In a WFOR-TV report, Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Chief Stephen Gollan said the plane hit the building between the 16th and 17th floors, then fell to the pool deck.

The 18-story building is under construction.

Gollan said one person on the plane died in the crash. No injuries on the ground were immediately reported.

— WFLA contributed to this report

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