Plane Crash Kills Four Off South Florida
Feb. 18, 2003
MIAMI (AP) _ A twin-engine plane crashed in the waters off southern Florida on Monday, killing three adults and a child.
The plane left Monday morning from Tamiami Airport in southwest Miami-Dade County, bound for the island of Bimini in the Bahamas, said officials said. It was reported missing three hours later.
Coast Guard searcher found the bodies and the wreckage of the six-seater, Piper PA-23 aircraft eight miles east of Miami.
Killed in the crash were Al Gustinger, who authorities said was in his 70s, Erik Gustinger and Idel Gustinger, both in their 30s, and Erik Gustinger Jr., 7, the Coast Guard said.
The Coast Guard did not have exact ages for the adults. All four killed were U.S. citizens, Coast Guard officials said.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.