An American family s holiday reunion ended in tragedy Sunday when their light plane crashed in Florida, killing all five people aboard, the local sheriff s office said.
The crash killed the pilot John Shannon, 70, his two adult daughters, his son-in-law and a family friend, the Polk County Sheriff said.
“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.
Investigators said the twin-engine Cessna 340 took off from Bartow Airbase, near Tampa, about 7:15 am (12:15 GMT) bound for Key West, but it went down near the end of the Bartow runway.
While the cause of the incident is under investigation, “it was very foggy at the time,” the sheriff s office said, adding that a fire followed the crash.