Plane headed to Key West for holiday crashes, killing 5

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

The twin-engine Cessna 340 crashed shortly after takeoff Sunday morning at Bartow Municipal Airport, immediately killing the 70-year-old pilot and his four adult passengers, according to a statement from Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Horstman.

Shannon's two daughters Olivia, 24, and Victoria, 26, both died, as well as Victoria's husband Peter Worthington and their 32-year-old family friend Krista Clayton.

An airport employee who was photographing the thick fog captured sound of the crash on video. It left the hangar at 6:30 a.m., before the sun rose, and took off east into heavy fog, Judd said.

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

Sheriff Judd says she was a student at Southeastern University in Lakeland.

"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.

Shannon-Worthington was a 4th grade teacher at the Baltimore International Academy Elementary/Middle School. Clayton, a middle school teacher, had a husband and two children - a 3-year-old girl and an 18-month-old.

On his website, Shannon said he began practising law in 1975, and had focused on "personal injury and death" cases. People that know John Shannon know that he's a good man.

Worthington was a passenger on Shannon's plane Sunday morning.

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

Shannon was making a 45- to 60-minute flight for day trip to the Florida Keys, the sheriff said. He ran for Florida state representative in 2014 as a Republican and lost in a primary election by fewer than 175 votes.

Olivia Shannon, 24, was John Shannon's daughter.

In Florida, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating Sunday's plane crash.

Sheriff Judd was friends with Shannon and said, "John Shannon has always been a great advocate, a great attorney".

The twin-engine plane was trying to take off from the airport in Bartow.

The charred remains of a Cessna 340 twin-engine aircraft sat north of a runway December 24, 2017, at Bartow (Fla.) Municipal Airport.

"He said, 'I couldn't believe that they were taking off in this fog, '" Judd said.

"That's being quite generous", Cindy Barrow, the executive director at the Bartow airport, said in an interview.

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