4 killed in twin-engine plane crash in Florida

The Polk County Sheriff's Office will conduct the death investigations and the NTSB and FAA will investigate the cause of the crash.

"There was no chance of survival", Judd told WFLA.

"It is a tragedy any day of the week", Judd said. "It's a tragedy of monumental proportions when it happens on Christmas Eve".

The pilot was identified as John Shannon, 70, of Lakeland, Florida.

"It breaks our heart", Judd said.

Victoria and her husband Peter Worthington (above) both died in the crash. Among them was a Baltimore city school teacher and a University of Maryland law student.

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'Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shannon, Worthington, and Clayton families.

Judd described John Shannon as an active member of the community, serving as president of the local Kiwanis Club and president of The Republican Club of Lakeland.

Shannon had filed a flight plan to fly Sunday from Bartow to Key West. The statement said the crash was "likely related to the fog". The plane took off around 7:15 a.m., flying east into heavy fog, the sheriff's office said in a statement.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are en-route to investigate the crash.

The plane was already engulfed in flames by the time fire rescue crews arrived on Sunday morning.


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