Published: Tue, December 26, 2017
Sport | By Stuart Potter

5 flying on a day trip to Key West die in crash

5 flying on a day trip to Key West die in crash

According to Polk County Sheriff's office, the pilot was 70-year-old John Shannon an attorney from the Florida area.

They are identified as 24-year-old Olivia Shannon, 26-year-old Victoria Shannon Worthington, 27-year-old Peter Worthington and 32-year-old Krista Clayton. Officials say the pilot, his daughter's and their husbands were all aboard the plane.

"I do see Polk County Fire units, unfortunately on the runway the fog is so low we can't see anything on the runway and are investigating and we did not see or come across any pilots or planes on the runway at this time", the transcription of the dispatch said, as ABC reported.

The Worthingtons had arrived in Florida on Saturday for the Christmas holiday, Sheriff's office spokeswoman Carrie Horstman said.

Olivia Shannon attended Southeastern University, a private Christian college in Lakeland.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Shannon filed a flight plan to Key West. Victoria Shannon-Worthington and Peter Worthington had traveled to join the family for Christmas from Baltimore.

"This is a tragedy any time, but it is so much worse because it happened on Christmas Eve", Sheriff Grady Judge said in a news release.

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John Shannon, who graduated in 1975 from Samford University school of law in Homewood, Ala., had been a member of the Florida Bar since 1975, according to state records. People that know John Shannon know that he's a good man.

"I have reviewed some footage, and clearly no one should have tried to a takeoff from this airport at 7:15 this morning", Judd said during a press conference this morning. They were married in June, and her father's Facebook profile photo shows him with his daughters at her wedding.

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

She was from Lakeland and was a teacher at the Jewett Academy.

"The only thing you can say is nobody suffered", said Judd.

"That's being quite generous", Cindy Barrow, the executive director at the Bartow airport, said in an interview.

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

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