Multiple people killed in twin-engine plane crash in Florida

The burned tail of a Cessna 340 twin-engine plane after it crashed Sunday morning at Bartow Municipal Airport killing 5 people

Authorities say they have confirmed a fifth death in a fiery small plane crash in Florida. Victoria's husband, Peter Worthington, 27, and a family friend, Krista Clayton, 32, were also killed.

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

Bartow Municipal Airport is located in eastern Polk County off of U.S. Highway 17
View Slideshow Bartow Municipal Airport is located in eastern Polk County off of U.S. Highway 17. Google Maps

According to an airport official, a plane went down and caught fire.

Mann said that when fire rescue crews arrived at the scene, the plane was already fully engulfed in flames.

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The plane took off around 7:15 a.m. heading east, into heavy fog, and crashed shortly after takeoff.

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

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Authorities said John Shannon filed a flight plan Sunday morning to fly to Key West, Florida. "We are providing all of our resources to assist them with anything they need to help them get through this horrific tragedy", Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement.

A National Weather Service observation around the time of the crash reported that visibility was less a quarter-mile at the airport due to fog, although the cause of the crash is being investigated.

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