A single-engine airplane crashed right into a waterfront cell residence park in Clearwater, Fla., Thursday night, killing a number of individuals and damaging 4 houses, officers mentioned.
The airplane slammed immediately into one residence, Scott Ehlers, the fireplace chief in Clearwater, mentioned at a information convention, including that there have been “a number of fatalities, each from the plane and inside the cell residence.”
The crash engulfed a part of the park, Bayside Waters, in flames, and three different cell houses had been broken, although nobody inside these was injured, Chief Ehlers mentioned.
Movies posted on-line confirmed an orange blaze and a wall of thick smoke billowing over houses. Frances Yont, who lives throughout the road from the crash, told 10 Tampa Bay, a CBS affiliate, that she may really feel the warmth from the fireplace when she ran out of her residence in Clearwater, roughly 20 miles west of Tampa.
“The whole lot was popping like propane tanks,” she mentioned. “We couldn’t do something,” she mentioned, including that “it was horrible.”
Fireplace officers had been coordinating with the Nationwide Transportation Security Board and the Federal Aviation Administration for an investigation, Chief Ehlers mentioned.
The Fireplace Division acquired the preliminary name at 7:08 p.m., and crews “shortly extinguished” the blaze after arriving on the park at about 7:15 p.m., Chief Ehlers mentioned.
About the identical time that his division was known as, the chief mentioned, the St. Pete-Clearwater Worldwide Airport, roughly three miles away, had dispatched its personal fireplace response autos to an “plane having an emergency.”
The pilot had reported a “mayday” over the radio to the airport, he added.
“The plane went off radar about three miles north of the runway, which is on this location right here,” the chief mentioned on the crash website.