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Experimental aircraft hits Federal Reserve Bank in MiamiExperimental aircraft hits Federal Reserve Bank in Miami

A four-seat experimental Four Winds 192 crashed into the Federal Reserve Bank Building in Miami last night. Two Four Winds employees on board the aircraft were killed, but no one on the ground was injured. The crash appears to be an accident; a Four Winds spokesman said there was an in-flight engine fire.

More than 100 people were in the one-story bank building attending a holiday party at the time of the accident. Some windows were broken, but there appeared to be no structural damage to the building.

General aviation accidents rarely cause fatalities on the ground. On average, there are about two fatalities a year involving off-airport bystanders on the ground. The odds of someone on the ground being injured or killed by an aircraft accident are about one in 50 million.

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