A number of individuals had been killed when a small aircraft crashed right into a cellular dwelling in Clearwater, Florida, Thursday evening, authorities mentioned, sparking a hearth that additionally broken a number of surrounding houses.
The crash was reported at 7:08 p.m. in Bayside Estates, a big cellular dwelling park, Clearwater Fireplace & Rescue Chief Scott Ehlers informed reporters in a information briefing late Thursday evening. Clearwater is situated within the Tampa Bay space.
“I can verify now we have a number of fatalities each from the plane and inside the cellular dwelling,” Ehlers mentioned. “We’re nonetheless working to make it possible for there isn’t a further, and it is restricted to what we do know proper now.”
The fireplace chief was unable to instantly say precisely how many individuals had been killed, and the Federal Aviation Administration didn’t verify how many individuals had been aboard the aircraft.
“The crews did an outstanding job of getting the hearth knocked down rapidly,” Ehlers mentioned, including that crews had been nonetheless working to place out sizzling spots and attain the victims.
The FAA confirmed the crashed aircraft was a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35.
Ehlers mentioned the aircraft crashed into just one dwelling. Nonetheless, the following fireplace broken no less than two others, he disclosed.
“The plane was discovered within the one construction, predominantly in that one construction,” Ehlers mentioned.
Simply previous to the crash, Ehlers mentioned, the pilot reported to air site visitors controllers at St. Pete–Clearwater Worldwide Airport that the aircraft “had some hassle.”
“Throughout that dialog with air tower, the air tower misplaced them off radar, about three miles north of the runway,” Ehlers mentioned.
The FAA mentioned in its assertion that the pilot reported an “engine failure.” Each the FAA and the Nationwide Transportation Security Board are responding and can examine.
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