Christmas Eve Tragedy: Several People Killed in U.S. Plane Crash, Victims Identified

December 24, 2017Dec 24, 2017
Updated Dec 25 2017 100PM ET

A horrible tragedy sadly took place on Christmas Eve. Several people were tragically killed in a U.S. plane crash on Sunday morning, December 24th.

According to CNN, a twin-engine plane was taking off from Bartow Municipal Airport in Bartow, Florida shortly after 7:00 AM. The passengers were flying to Key West for a quick Christmas vacation.

It was a “dense” foggy morning and local authorities stated it was unsafe weather for flying. Amid takeoff, the plane crashed and caught on fire.

ABC News reported that five people were aboard the plane at the time of the incident. All four passengers died in the crash immediately on impact; there was “no chance of survival” given the circumstances. Autopsies will reportedly be done later this week.

Later Sunday afternoon, the five victims were identified. The pilot was a local attorney, 70-year-old John Shannon.

Others on board with John included his two adult daughters 24-year-old Olivia and 26-year-old Victoria, Victoria's 27-year-old husband Peter, and a 32-year-old family friend named Krista Clayton. There were no children on board the plane.

This story is still developing. If more information is released to the public over the next few days, this article will be updated accordingly.

Please keep the victims’ families in your prayers. May God bring them comfort and peace during this difficult time.

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