Three people died when a plane crashed into a mobile home park in Clearwater, Florida, on Thursday evening.
Officials with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said one individual onboard the plane and two others on the ground were killed when the aircraft crashed at the Bayside Waters Mobile Home Park, Fox 13 reported Friday.
Video footage shows the fire that erupted after the incident, engulfing trees and damaging other mobile homes at the park as firefighters worked to quell the flames:
NEW: Footage shows firefighters and police responding to the scene of a small plane crash at a mobile home park in Clearwater, Florida. Fire officials say “several” people have been killed. https://t.co/8fyIcMTShN pic.twitter.com/bZZ9buhRxU
— ABC News (@ABC) February 2, 2024
“When the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V-35 plane crashed into the small, close-knit, 55-plus community, it immediately burst into flames. Residents say they heard something like an explosion or a bomb going off,” the Fox article said.
An image shows first responders at the scene with smoke filling the air:
Clearwater: Report of plane crash with fire involving several trailers at mobile home park off Teakwood Dr. pic.twitter.com/RrrXqZwM8R
— IONTB.COM (@IONTB) February 2, 2024
When speaking with reporters following the crash, Clearwater Police Chief Gandy said his officers arrived to support firefighters as they battled the blaze:
View this if you will as a serious traffic crash, one of our traffic homicide crashes. That’s how we approach these things. Scene preservation is critical and because we’re here before FAA and NTSB it’s our responsibility to ensure this scene’s integrity. So that’s what my units are doing, we’re ensuring the scene is secure and maintained. We work with the medical examiner’s office to remove any victims and work on victim identification. We work to find any witnesses so we can turn all of that information over to our federal partners. Clearly, local law enforcement doesn’t determine causality and causation with aircraft crashes.
Chief Gandy appears with Fire Chief Ehlers to give the latest on the plane crash.
Posted by Clearwater Police Department on Thursday, February 1, 2024
The plane apparently did not have its lights on and was coming down at a 45-degree angle, witnesses claimed, the Fox article said.
We’re on scene of a small plane crash at a mobile home park south of Clearwater Mall. Multiple mobile homes have caught fire. Firefighters from multiple jurisdictions are on scene. pic.twitter.com/1vBLnTnY8R
— Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department (@clearwaterfire) February 2, 2024
Aerial video footage shows the crash site damage on several surrounding homes:
— Spectrum Bay News 9 (@BN9) February 2, 2024
“FAA officials say the pilot reported engine failure and responders on the ground began staging for an emergency landing at Clearwater St. Pete Airport (PIE), before the plane crashed about three miles north of the runway,” the Fox report noted.