Five Dead in Small Plane Crash

WFTXPublished: December 25, 2017
Published: December 25, 2017

Authorities say they have confirmed a fifth death in a fiery small plane crash in Florida. The Polk County Sheriff's Office says the crash 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 attorney 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 Shannon had filed a flight plan to fly Sunday from Bartow to Key West. The twin-engine Cessna 340 crashed shortly after takeoff.

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