CLEARWATER, Fla — Several people were killed Thursday night when a small airplane crashed into a mobile home park in Clearwater.
“I can confirm that we have several fatalities both from the aircraft and within the mobile home,” Fire Chief Scott Ehlers said.
Friday morning, the FAA said it's preliminary report shows the pilot and two people on the ground were killed.
Chief Ehlers says the plane crashed into the Bayside Waters Mobile Home Park at about 7:15 p.m. He said the plane crashed into one home and three others also caught fire.
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
Chief Ehlers said the plane, a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35, crashed into the park after the pilot reported an engine failure. He said much of the damage was in the Pagoda Drive area in the park.
The National Transportation Safety Board is now investigating.