Cessna 340 crash kills family on Christmas Eve trip

Four members of one family were killed in a twin-engine plane crash during takeoff Sunday morning at a small airport in Florida.

The Cessna 340 was taking off from Bartow Municipal Airport just after 7 AM local time when it crashed after catching fire. The weather was not good as dense fog was present at the time. There was no any chance of survival and everyone on board perished.

One of the persons said the crash was the worst on Christmas Eve. The pilot was identified as 70-year-old John Shannon, an attorney from Lakeland, Florida. Two daughters, a son-in-law and a family friend were also killed.

The remains of Cessna 340 after crash at Bartow Airport, Polk County, Florida

The plane crashed shortly after takeoff and the reason is expected to be the fog. The authorities also said that they have not yet positively identified the victims, nor had an accurate number of the fatalities.

An airport employee who was photographing the thick fog captured sound of the crash on video. After reviewing the video, the authorities said no one should have been taking off in that weather.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash.

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