5th death confirmed in Florida small plane crash
BARTOW, Fla. (AP) _ Authorities say they have confirmed a fifth death in a fiery small plane crash in Florida.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says the crash Sunday morning at Bartow Municipal Airport immediately killed the 70-year-old pilot and four adult passengers.
The sheriff’s office identified the pilot as Lakeland attorney John Shannon. His passengers included his two daughters, his son-in-law and a family friend. They were identified as: 24-year-old Southeastern University student Olivia Shannon, 26-year-old Baltimore teacher Victoria Shannon Worthington, 27-year-old University of Maryland law student Peter Worthington Jr. and 32-year-old Lakeland teacher Krista Clayton.
Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Carrie Horstman said Shannon had filed a flight plan to fly Sunday from Bartow to Key West.
The twin-engine Cessna 340 crashed shortly after takeoff.
Officials say four people have been confirmed dead after a twin-engine plane crashed in Florida.
Polk County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Tina Mann said in a statement that a total of four fatalities had been confirmed in the crash Sunday morning at Bartow Municipal Airport.
Mann said that when fire rescue crews arrived at the scene, the plane was already fully engulfed in flames.
In a separate statement, the sheriff’s office said the plane was heading east into heavy fog when it took off from the airport.
The sheriff’s office said the plane crashed shortly after takeoff at the end of a runway. The statement said the crash was “likelyrelated to the fog.”
The names of the victims were not released, pending notification of next of kin.
Bartow is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Orlando.
Authorities say multiple people have died in a small plane crash in Florida.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office says a twin-engine plane crashed Sunday morning at the end of a runway at Bartow Municipal Airport.
The sheriff’s office statement says there were “several deaths.” No additional information about the pilot or passengers aboard the plane has been released.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the crash.