‘It was flying real low’: Pilot dies as small plane crashes into condo tower on Fort Lauderdale beach

A pilot died Friday when a yellow plane towing a banner crashed into a Fort Lauderdale high-rise condominium and fell onto a pool deck several floors below.

The accident happened at the Berkley South condominium that is across the street from the beach on the west side of A1A, just south of East Oakland Park Boulevard.

It was about 11:42 a.m. when many callers reported to 911 that a small plane had crashed into an 18-story condominium building at 3015 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue Battalion Chief Stephan Gollan said.

“The banner plane that was flying up and down the beach made contact with the building on the east side between the 16th or 17th floor,” Gollan said. “The occupant of that condo was in there at the time but was not injured.”

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