Wednesday 23 October 2019

Five confirmed dead in Florida plane crash

Five people have been confirmed dead in a fiery small plane crash in Florida.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office said the crash on 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 lawyer 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 Mr Shannon had filed a flight plan to fly on Sunday from Bartow to Key West.

The twin-engine Cessna 340 crashed shortly after take-off.

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