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Father, daughters among 5 dead in United States plane crash

26 December 2017

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.

Also killed on Sunday were two of Shannon's daughters, Olivia Shannon, 24, and Victoria Shannon Worthington, 26, as well as Worthington's husband, Peter Worthington, 27.

A prominent Lakeland lawyer, his daughters and other family members were killed Christmas Eve morning as their plane crashed amid heavy fog.

An airport employee who was filming the fog on a cellphone recorded the sounds of the plane taking off and crashing, Judd said.

Shannon's daughter Victoria and her husband Peter had just arrived in town on Saturday for the holidays, from Baltimore, where they live.

Olivia Shannon was a Southeastern University student.

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

Krista Clayton was a local teacher at Jewett Academy.

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On his website, Shannon said he began practising law in 1975, and had focused on "personal injury and death" cases. The Republican ran for state representative in 2014, but lost in the primary to Colleen Burton, who still holds the office.

Shannon was making a 45- to 60-minute flight for day trip to the Florida Keys, the sheriff said.

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

He said that John Shannon, a former Marine, took both his legal practice and flying seriously.

National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration investigators will look into the cause of the crash.

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

According to WFTS, Polk County Sheriff reported that the plane attempted to take off close to 7:15 A.M. Sheriff Judd said he reviewed video and, "no one should have taken off from this airport at 7:15 A.M". Shelton said the flight attendant was not injured. Authorities investigating the crash say it was very foggy around the Bartow Airbase early Sunday morning.

Father, daughters among 5 dead in United States plane crash