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

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

It is now unknwown what caused the crash but the airport was struggling with visibility at the time of the incident due to heavy fog, local media reports.

Authorities say in a tweet that the private plane pulled out of the hangar at around 6:30 a.m., took off at about 7:15 a.m. and headed east into heavy fog.

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

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said there were "no survivors" of the crash at Bartow Municipal Airport in Bartow, Florida.

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"We wanted to be able to find the best gift, and we haven't quite found it yet", she said. "I'll never do that again". Saturday is expected to be one of the biggest shopping days of the year, according to the National Retail Federation .

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.

A Baltimore couple is among five people killed in a small plane crash on Christmas Eve in Florida, authorities said. Among them was a Baltimore city school teacher and a University of Maryland law student. For reasons that are still being investigated, but are likely related to the fog, it crashed shortly after takeoff.

A fire engulfed the plane after it crashed; everyone on board died. No additional information about the pilot or passengers aboard the plane has been released.

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

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