Multiple people killed in twin-engine plane crash in Florida

Dec 25, 2017, 07:22
Multiple people killed in twin-engine plane crash in Florida

A small plane headed to Key West for the Christmas holiday crashed Sunday at the end of a runway at a Florida airport, killing five people, authorities said.

Polk county Sheriff Grady said in a press conference that Shannon filed a flight plan this morning to fly to Key West to celebrate Christmas.

"There are several deaths", the statement said. Airport officials said the plane was fully engulfed in flames after the crash.

NTSB and FAA investigators were also reportedly en route to the crash scene.

"You can hear the engine as it revved up and as the plane took off, and there's not one sign of the aircraft that was obviously soaked in a very dense, very heavy fog".

They are identified as 24-year-old Olivia Shannon, 26-year-old Victoria Shannon Worthington, 27-year-old Peter Worthington and 32-year-old Krista Clayton. The crash killed the pilot John Shannon, 70, his two adult daughters, his son-in-law and a family friend, the Polk County Sheriff said.

Victoria was a school teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, and Peter was a law student at the University of Maryland, Judd said. Shannon-Worthington and her husband arrived in Florida Saturday from Baltimore.

Further information on the cause of the crash was not released.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the crash.

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