Small plane crash in Florida leaves several people dead
Raw video: Investigators survey the scene of the fatal crash in Central Florida airport.
Four people were killed after a small plane crashed early Sunday morning after taking off from a Central Florida airport in heavy fog, officials said.
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release of the twin-engine private plane left around 7:15 pm at the Bartow Municipal Airport, located about 45 km east of Tampa, and eastward in the fog before it crashed.
“This is absolutely a horrific tragedy, especially on the Eve of christmas,” Sheriff Grady Judd said at a press conference. “Please keep these victims and their families in your prayers.”
The sheriff’s office said, “multiple people” were on board the Cessna 340 aircraft and all perished in the crash. Polk County Fire Rescue said there were a total of four confirmed victims.
Several people were killed after a small plane crashed at a Central Florida airport early Sunday.
(Fox 13 Tampa)
“There was a fire after the plane crashed, which was put in by Polk County Fire Rescue personnel,” the sheriff’s office said.
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A helicopter pilot with the sheriff’s department in a hanger and heard the plane to take off, according to Judd. He said, “seconds later,” he heard a sound change and the impact on the north end of the airport.
A photo of the scene of the Cessna 340 plane crash on the #BartowAirbase. FAA has arrived, the NTSB is on the way. As soon as we learn more about the victims, we will. Pray for these victims and their families. #BartowPlaneCrash pic.twitter.com/5jhFmPu1dS
— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) December 24, 2017
“There was no chance to survive,” he said.
The National Transportation Safety Board said it is sending a team to investigate the cause of the crash, and will also be accompanied by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The NTSB investigation into the crash of a Cessna 340, in Bartow, Florida.
— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) December 24, 2017
The Sheriff’s Office said the fog probably contributed to the crash, Fox 13 Tampa reported.
The identities of the victims have not yet been released by the officials.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed