From Baltimore Among 5 Killed In Florida Plane Crash

26 December, 2017, 10:24 | Author: Cary Erickson
  • The plane crashed shortly after takeoff and the sheriff's office said all of the victims perished upon or immediately after impact

The pilot was identified as 70-year-old John Shannon, an attorney from Lakeland, Florida.

An airport employee who was photographing the thick fog captured sound of the crash on video.

"I do see Polk County Fire units, unfortunately on the runway the fog is so low we can't see anything on the runway and are investigating and we did not see or come across any pilots or planes on the runway at this time", the transcription of the dispatch said, as ABC reported.

Victoria Worthington and her husband arrived on Friday from Baltimore, where they lived. Shannon was also active in the community in Kiwanis, as the president of the Republican Club of Lakeland and as a member of the St. Paul Lutheran Church. A family friend, Krista Clayton, 32, was also on board, the authorities said. But Judd said it appeared that fog could have been a factor in the accident. Victoria was a school teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, and Peter was a law student at the University of Maryland, Judd said.

"No one should have attempted to take off in a small plane in that weather", Grady Judd, the Polk County sheriff, said at a news conference on Sunday. They were married in June, and her father's Facebook profile photo shows him with his daughters at her wedding. John Shannon had another daughter from a previous marriage, Liguori said. Clayton, a middle school teacher, had a husband and two children - a 3-year-old girl and an 18-month-old.

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Victoria Shannon-Worthington was the 26-year-old daughter of John Shannon.

Shannon was making a 45- to 60-minute flight for day trip to the Florida Keys, the sheriff said.

The charred remains of a Cessna 340 twin-engine aircraft sat north of a runway December 24, 2017, at Bartow (Fla.) Municipal Airport. Sheriff Judd says neither child was on the flight.

Although federal investigators from the FAA and NTSB now are tasked to figure out what caused the crash, visibility at the airport around the time of the crash close to zero because of heavy fog. Shelton said the flight attendant was not injured.

"He said, 'I couldn't believe that they were taking off in this fog, '" Judd said.

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