Instructor, 2 international students survive plane crash

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POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Authorities have identified the people injured when a small plane crashed as a South Florida flight instructor and his two international students.

The twin-engine plane crashed Monday and exploded in the backyard of a Pompano Beach home. The Sun Sentinel reports pilot Geoffrey White and 23-year-old Sylvia Mena and 25-year-old Fernando Diaz remain in serious condition.

Broward Sheriff’s spokeswoman Joy Oglesby says they are being treated in a burn unit in Miami.

Mena is from Ecuador and Diaz is from Peru.

Five homes in the neighborhood where the crash occurred were still cordoned off with yellow tape Tuesday. No one on the ground was injured.

Officials say the aircraft is registered to Florida Aviation Academy. The students were practicing takeoffs and landings when the crash occurred.

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