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'Horrific': Plane crash kills 5 on Christmas Eve trip

'Horrific': Plane crash kills 5 on Christmas Eve trip

Heavy fog was reported at the time, officials said.

The Cessna 340 plane that crashed at the Bartow Airbase in Florida on December 24, 2017.

Polk County Sheriff's deputies said the twin-engine plane crashed at the end of the runway near Ben Durrance Road in Bartow.

Shannon, who was a local attorney from Lakeland, filed a flight plan Sunday morning to fly to Key West, according to the sheriff's office. Among them was a Baltimore city school teacher and a University of Maryland law student.

"For unknown reasons, but likely related to the fog, it crashed shortly after takeoff", the statement read.

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There was a fire after the plane crashed that was extinguished by Polk County Fire Rescue personnel.

"This is a horrific tragedy, especially on Christmas Eve, and the victims and their families are in our prayers", reads a statement from the Sheriff's Office. Shannon-Worthington and her husband arrived in Florida Saturday from Baltimore. His other daughter, 24-year-old Olivia Shannon, and a family friend, 32-year-old Krista Clayton, also died immediately on impact, the sheriff's office said.

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The NTSB and FAA will investigate the cause of the crash, he said.