Three people, including pilot and two people on the ground, are confirmed dead after small plane crashed into mobile home park in Florida
At least three people are dead after a small plane crashed in a mobile home park in Florida Thursday night.
The FAA confirmed that the pilot and at least two people on the ground lost their lives as a result of the crash.
As emergency officials continue their investigation, that number could grow.
The pilot reported an engine failure before the single-engine plane crashed into a garage, sending debris flying and setting fire to at least three additional properties.
The plane went off radar and the pilot reportedly radioed a ‘mayday’ before the crash.
At least three people are dead after a small plane crashed in a mobile home park in Florida Thursday night
The FAA confirmed that the pilot and at least two people on the ground lost their lives as a result of the crash
First responders found four trailer homes on fire, one of which had the crashed plane inside, city Fire Chief Scott Ehlers (pictured) said at a news conference Thursday night
Firefighters were called to the burning crash site at the Bayside Waters garage park, about 23 miles west of Tampa, around 7:15 p.m. local time.
First responders found four trailer homes on fire, one of which had the crashed plane inside, city Fire Chief Scott Ehlers said at a news conference Thursday night.
“I can confirm that we have several fatalities from both the plane and inside the garage,” Ehlers said, but could not provide an exact number of casualties that night.
It is not yet clear how many people were on board the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35 plane itself.
Witnesses described a large explosion before smoke and flames engulfed the area.
“We heard a racing car,” Janet Barclay told the New York Times, “then an explosion.”
Firefighters respond to a fire after a small plane crashed Thursday night
The pilot and two people on the ground were killed when the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35 crashed in the Bayside Waters garage park at around 7pm
Fire consumes a house after a small plane crashed Thursday night
An aerial view shows the scene of Thursday’s plane crash in Clearwater, Fla., Friday
Authorities are trying to determine how many people died in the crash of a small plane in a Florida mobile home park
Investigators look at the burned-out remains of a motorhome after a plane crash Thursday
Firefighters knock down hotspots after a small plane crashed into a garage on Thursday
Delivery driver Laketa Collins described seeing a ball of bright, white light fall into the dark sky from her car window nearby.
Clearwater resident Steven Ascari said he heard what sounded like an explosion as his entire home began to shake.
“And next thing you know, a giant pillar of smoke was seen,” he recalled to CNN.
Some neighbors report at least four deaths.
“Four souls crossed over from the plane,” mobile home park resident Noreen Adams wrote on Facebook on Friday.
“We are unsure of the number in the house,” she continued. “Smoke is still drifting towards the bay where we are located.”
The majority of the community is elderly with health issues, she added.
Clearwater Police attended the crash site and were securing and preserving the scene
Firefighters were called to the burning crash site at the Bayside Waters car park
It is not yet clear how many people were on board the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35 plane itself
The pilot reported engine failure and went off radar about 3 miles north of an airport runway, a spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) told CNN.
Clearwater police attended the crash site and were securing and preserving the scene, Chief Eric Gandy said during the briefing.
Footage from the scene showed plumes of red smoke rising from several garages as shocked residents stood by in a nearby car park.
Other videos posted on social media show firefighters struggling to fight the blaze with hoses as the flames engulf the homes and surrounding trees.
The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the incident.