BARTOW, Fla. — Five people died Sunday morning in a plane crash at Bartow Municipal Airport in Florida.
The plane that crashed was a twin-engine Cessna 340 plane, police said in a tweet. It crashed near the end of a runway.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office confirmed in a news release that local attorney, 70-year-old John Shannon, was the pilot. Shannon’s two adult daughters, Olivia, 24, and Victoria, 26, were on board along with Victoria’s husband Peter Worthington Jr., 27, and family friend Krista Clayton, 32. Everyone on board was killed.
Authorities said that Shannon had filed a flight plan Sunday morning to fly to Key West. The private plane pulled out of the hangar at around 6:30 a.m., took off at about 7:15 a.m. and headed east into heavy fog. For reasons that are still being investigated, but are likely related to the fog, it crashed shortly after takeoff.
There was a fire after the plane crashed that was extinguished by Polk County Fire Rescue personnel.
PCSO and NTSB are investigating the deaths and the crash.
National Weather Service observation around the time of the crash reported that visibility was less a quarter-mile at the airport due to fog.