Heartbroken widow speaks out after New Jersey pilot killed in Florida plane crash

EMBED </>More Videos

Anthony Johnson reports on the New Jersey pilot killed in a Floriday plane crash.

A pilot from New Jersey and his passenger were killed when a small plane crashed through the roof of a Florida building that contained a therapy center for autistic children.

The crash occurred Saturday afternoon near the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and caused a fire. Both passengers in the Cessna 335 were killed.

Family members say the 51-year-old pilot is Eladio Marquez from Rahway, New Jersey. Marquez was a flight instructor and owned the plane, which is registered in New Jersey.

He leaves behind two children, including an 11-year-old son with his wife.

His widow, Belkis Marquez, says she is heartbroken as she struggles to come to grips with the death of her husband.

She said her husband left for Florida on Friday and told her he would be back soon. She has no idea what caused the crash, but she said her husband loved to fly and was a good pilot.
EMBED More News Videos

The widow of Eladio Marquez, a flight instructor from Rahway, talked to Eyewitness News

Battalion Chief Steven Gollan, a spokesman for the Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue Department, told WPLG-TV that eight teachers and five children were in the building when the plane crashed. One of the teachers suffered minor injuries as she ushered the children from the building, but she was not hospitalized.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the crash.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

* More New Jersey news
* Send us a news tip
* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts
* Follow us on YouTube
Related Topics:
plane crashu.s. & worldFloridaNew Jersey
(Copyright ©2018 WABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.)