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Florida plane crash: Several people were killed

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8:20 AM EST, February 2, 2024

Several people were killed Thursday evening in a fiery crash of a small plane into a mobile home park in Clearwater, Florida - officials said.

Firefighters arrived at the scene of the accident at about 7:15 p.m. The scene is Bayside Waters mobile home park. At the scene of the accident, they found four burning trailer homes.

- I can confirm we have several fatalities both from the aircraft and within the mobile home (...) We're still working to make sure that there is no additional, and it's limited to what we do know right now - said Fire Chief Scott Ehlers.

- The crews did a phenomenal job of getting the fire knocked down quickly - added Ehlers.

It remains unclear for now how many people were killed and injured. According to CBS news, Federal Aviation Administration did not confirm how many people were aboard the plane.

The Fire Chief also referred to the circumstances of the accident and the technical condition of the plane. He revealed that the pilot had reported "some problems" to the air tower before the crash - The aircraft was found in the one structure, predominantly in that one structure (...) During that conversation with air tower, the air tower lost them off radar, about three miles north of the runway - explained Ehlers.

In its announcement, the FAA disclosed that the pilot had reported an "engine failure." The FAA along with the National Transportation Safety Board are mobilizing to respond and will conduct an investigation.

Source: CBS News, CNN

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