Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Christmas Eve plane crash kills 5 in Florida

'Several deaths' in plane crash near Tampa, officials say Baltimore couple killed in Florida plane crash
Eugene Bates | 26 December, 2017, 10:20

Judd said authorities are in possession of a video that shows the crash; it was taken by a photographer wanting to capture the fog. Shannon's two daughters, a son-in-law and a family friend also were on board when the plane crashed around 7:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24. They also say, along with them was the pilot's other daughter, 24-year-old Olivia Shannon, a Southern University student, and a family friend, 32-year-old Krista Clayton.

The plane reportedly caught fire after it crashed. Victoria Shannon Worthington, 26, and her husband, Peter Worthington Jr., 27, also were on board.

"There was a fire after the plane crashed, which was put out by Polk County Fire Rescue personnel", the sheriff's office added.

"This is a tragedy at any time, but it is so much worse because it happened on Christmas Eve", Judd said.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Carrie Horstman said Shannon had filed a flight plan to fly Sunday from Bartow to Key West.

The 70-year-old pilot was a prominent lawyer in Lakeland. She taught fourth-grade English at a public school in Baltimore, and Peter Worthington attended law school.

"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.

Victoria Shannon and Peter Worthington were married in June at Baltimore's George Peabody Library, according to a wedding announcement.

Judd spoke highly of Shannon, who was well-known in the Lakeland area as being active in his community. "Krista joined the family on the trip", the news release said.

Liguori said that John Shannon, a longtime personal injury lawyer, changed his lifestyle after he separated from the daughters' mother when they were young. The Republican ran for state representative in 2014, but lost in the primary to Colleen Burton, who still holds the office. Shelton said the flight attendant was not injured. But Judd said it appeared that fog could have been a factor in the accident.

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.

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