Father, daughters among five dead in US plane crash

Courtesy WFLA

Courtesy WFLA

The twin-engine plane went down just after takeoff around 7:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24 at Polk County's Bartow Municipal Airport., Sheriff Grady Judd said, with emergency operators receiving a call minutes later. Victoria Shannon Worthington, 26, and her husband, Peter Worthington Jr., 27, also were on board.

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Around the time of the crash, a National Weather Service observer reported visibility at the Bartow airport to be less than a quarter mile because of fog.

An airport employee who was filming the fog on a cellphone recorded the sounds of the plane taking off and crashing, Judd said. Both graduated from Clemson University, and Victoria Shannon earned a master's in education from Johns Hopkins University. 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.

"Words can not properly express the sadness felt by the Maryland Carey Law community and everyone at the University of Maryland, Baltimore over the loss of Peter Worthington, a third year law student". People that know John Shannon know that he's a good man. They were married in June, and her father's Facebook profile photo shows him with his daughters at her wedding. Clayton, a middle school teacher, had a husband and two children - a 3-year-old girl and an 18-month-old. The Republican ran for state representative in 2014, but lost in the primary to Colleen Burton, who still holds the office.

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

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"There was no chance of survival", Judd said.

The Cessna 340 was fully in flames by the time fire rescue crews arrived at the scene at Bartow Municipal Airport, Polk County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Tina Mann said. Sheriff Judd says neither child was on the flight.

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

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

"For unknown reasons, but likely related to the fog, it crashed shortly after takeoff", said Judd, adding that "everyone on board perished".

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