Five people died when a twin-engine plane crashed Sunday morning at Bartow Municipal Airport, authorities said.
Authorities identified the four passengers as Shannon's daughters, Olivia Shannon, 24, and Victoria Shannon-Worthington, 26; Shannon-Worthington's husband, Peter Worthington Jr., 27; and a family friend, Krista Clayton, 32, of Lakeland.
"There was no chance of survival", Judd said. After taking off, the plane came down on the airport's east runway in what Judd described as a horrific crash.
The pilot, John Shannon, 70, a Lakeland attorney.
Officials haven't determined the cause of the crash, but Judd said he saw a video of the crash that indicated the aircraft shouldn't have taken flight in the heavy fog.
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Shannon-Worthington was a teacher at Baltimore International Academy Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore.
"There are several deaths", the statement said.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd identified the pilot as a local lawyer, John Shannon. The sheriff - at times becoming emotional while speaking of his friend - said he was told Shannon brought cookies for the Bartow airport staff.
"He said, 'I couldn't believe that they were taking off in this fog, '" Judd said.