Several people killed in plane crash at major airport

National Weather Service observation around the time of the crash reported that visibility was less a quarter-mile at the airport due to fog.

The Polk County Sheriff's Office will oversee the death investigation.

Several people were dead after a twin-engine plane crashed at the end of a runway at an airport in Florida, authorities said.

Shannon, who was a local attorney from Lakeland, filed a flight plan Sunday morning to fly to Key West, according to the sheriff's office.

Victoria was a school teacher in Baltimore, Maryland, and Peter was a law student at the University of Maryland, Judd said.

Authorities say multiple people have died in a small plane crash in Florida.

The plane took off around 7:15 a.m. heading east, into heavy fog, and crashed shortly after takeoff. This is a tragedy any time, but it is so much worse because it happened on Christmas Eve.

All five were killed on impact or immediately after, Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie E. Horstman said. Shannon-Worthington and her husband arrived in Florida Saturday from Baltimore.

The NTSB and FAA will investigate the cause of the crash, he said. No additional information about the pilot or passengers aboard the plane has been released.

  • Jon Douglas