Fort Lauderdale couple injured in fiery plane crash near Everglades

A Fort Lauderdale couple escaped with their lives Sunday when their single-engine plane crashed into a levee in the Everglades near the Broward-Palm Beach County line and burst into flames during an attempt to make an emergency landing.

Pilot Kenneth McKenzie, 52, the former chief operating officer of Spirit Airlines, suffered burns in the fiery crash and was taken to Miami’s Ryder Trauma Center on Sunday afternoon after first being flown to Broward Health North, said Mike Jachles, Broward Sheriff’s Office spokesman. He was stable, Jachles said.

Sonia McKenzie, 50, was listed in good condition at Broward Health North on Sunday afternoon, Jachles said.

The couple took off from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport in a four-seat Lancair LNC 4 aircraft and were headed for Lynchburg, Va., when they reported low oil pressure, Jachles said.

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