Several killed in fiery small-plane crash at mobile home park in Clearwater, Florida, officials say

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Tragedy struck in Clearwater, Florida, as a small plane crashed into a mobile home park, resulting in several fatalities, according to authorities. The incident occurred around 7:15 p.m. local time at the Bayside Waters mobile home park. Firefighters responded to find four trailer homes on fire, one of which had the crashed plane inside.

Clearwater Fire Chief Scott Ehlers confirmed several fatalities both from the aircraft and within the mobile homes, although an exact number was not provided. The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35 crashed into a residential area after the pilot reported an engine failure, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The crash site was about 3 miles north of a runway, the same location as the mobile home park.

Residents reported hearing what sounded like an explosion, followed by a giant pillar of smoke. Emergency responders received simultaneous reports of a fire at the mobile home park and a plane experiencing an emergency at an airport. Crews were still working to control hotspots and reach the bodies of those who perished. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are conducting investigations into the crash, which is considered a serious traffic homicide incident by Clearwater Police. The police chief noted efforts to secure the scene for the arrival of NTSB and FAA officials. Clearwater, located about 23 miles west of Tampa, is home to over 110,000 residents on Florida’s central west coast.

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