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

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Five people were killed, including family members, in the Sunday crash in Polk County, according to a news release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office.

In a statement, officials tentatively identified the five killed as: John Shannon, 70, the plane's pilot; Shannon's daugters, Olivia Shannon, 24, and Victoria Shannon Worthington, 26; Worthington's husband, Peter Worthington Jr., 27; and family friend Krista Clayton, 32.

Judd said authorities are in possession of a video that shows the crash; it was taken by a photographer wanting to capture the fog. Shannon-Worthington and her husband arrived in Florida Saturday from Baltimore. Both graduated from Clemson University, and Victoria Shannon earned a master's in education from Johns Hopkins University.

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 Judd said.

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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.

Judd said that he personally knew some of the people who died on the plane.

Worthington was a passenger on Shannon's plane Sunday morning.

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

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Shannon was making a 45- to 60-minute flight for day trip to the Florida Keys, the sheriff said.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will investigate the cause of the crash.

"Several deaths" occurred after a twin-engine plane crashed at an airport in Bartow, Fla., on December 24, 2017.

Investigators said the twin-engine Cessna 340 took off from Bartow Airbase, near Tampa, about 7.15am (8.15pm) bound for Key West, but it went down near the end of the Bartow runway.

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"That's being quite generous", Cindy Barrow, the executive director at the Bartow airport, said in an interview. But he added that the weather was foggy "and not conducive for taking off".

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