BARTOW, Fla. (AP) – A little airplane visited Secret West for the Christmas holiday crashed Sunday at the end of a runway at a Florida airport, killing five people, authorities said.
The twin-engine Cessna 340 crashed shortly after departure at Bartow Municipal Airport, immediately killing the 70-year-old pilot and his 4 adult passengers, inning accordance with a declaration from Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Carrie Horstman. It wasn’t right away clear exactly what caused the crash.
The constable’s workplace identified the pilot as Lakeland attorney John Shannon. He had actually filed a flight plan to fly Sunday from Bartow to Secret West, Horstman stated.
Shannon’s guests included his two children, his son-in-law and a family good friend. They were recognized as: 24-year-old Southeastern University student Olivia Shannon, 26-year-old Baltimore instructor Victoria Shannon Worthington, 27-year-old University of Maryland law student Peter Worthington Jr. and 32-year-old Lakeland teacher Krista Clayton.
The Worthingtons had actually gotten here in Florida on Saturday for the Christmas vacation, Horstman said.
“This is a disaster at any time, however it is so much even worse because it happened on Christmas Eve,” Constable Grady Judd said.
The aircraft was engulfed in flames by the time fire rescue teams arrived, Polk County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Tina Mann said in a declaration.
The personal plane was heading east into heavy fog when it removed, according to the constable’s workplace.
The National Transport Security Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be examining the crash.
Bartow has to do with 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Orlando.
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