Baltimore couple killed in Florida plane crash

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Polk County Sheriff's deputies said the twin-engine plane crashed at the end of the runway near Ben Durrance Road in Bartow.

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

Olivia Shannon, 24, was a student at Southeastern University in Lakeland. Victoria's husband, Peter Worthington, 27, and a family friend, Krista Clayton, 32, were also killed.

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.

Shannon-Worthington was a teacher at Baltimore International Academy Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore.

The family planned to take a day trip to Key West before returning later Sunday, Judd said.

"This is a tragedy any time, but it is so much worse because it happened on Christmas Eve", Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement.

An airport employee who was photographing the thick fog captured sound of the crash on video. Heavy fog was reported at the time, officials said.

Mann said that when fire rescue crews arrived at the scene, the plane was already fully engulfed in flames.

Bartow is about 50 miles southwest of Orlando.

The NTSB and FAA will investigate the cause of the crash, he said.

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