MIAMI — Two small planes crashed in far west Miami-Dade County Tuesday afternoon, according to Miami-Dade police. Mayor Carlos Gimenez told The Miami Herald that three people were killed in a midair collision.
Gimenez said the two planes are from the Dean International flight school, which operates out of Miami Executive Airport in Southwest Miami-Dade. The FAA says the crash happened nine miles west of that airport and involved a Piper PA-34 and a Cessna 172.
Dean International’s website says it offers primary instruction for student pilots, advanced instruction for private and commercial pilots and training for multi-engine flight. What it doesn’t say is that FAA records showed more than two dozen accidents and incidents from 2007-2017.
Recently, a Cessna 152 from Dean went down in the Everglades, putting two people in the hospital in May. A year ago, a Cessna 172 out of Dean International crash landed on a street in Key Biscayne the week after a Cessna 152 with a student pilot flying solo crashed in the Everglades. The student pilot, working on an advanced certification, died.