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Four family members killed in Christmas Eve plane crash in Florida

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Edward Snyder | 26 December, 2017, 10:24

A Baltimore couple was killed in a small plane crash in Florida on Christmas Eve, according to the Polk County Sheriff's office.

John Shannon was a 70-year-old attorney from Lakeland.

A school teacher in Baltimore, 26-year-old Victoria Shannon Worthington had just arrived in town the night prior from Maryland to celebrate Christmas with the family. Heavy fog was reported at the time, officials said.

The Cessna aircraft took off despite thick fog that had settled over the airport shortly before sunrise and had limited visibility to less than one-fifth of a mile.

After taking off, the plane came down on the airport's east runway in what Judd described as a "horrific" crash. Shannon-Worthington and her husband arrived in Florida Saturday from Baltimore.

Olivia Shannon attended Southeastern University, a private Christian college in Lakeland.

"This is a tragedy any time, but it is so much worse because it happened on Christmas Eve", Sheriff Grady Judd said in a statement.

Victoria was a school teacher, while her husband was a third year law student at the University of Maryland. John Shannon had another daughter from a previous marriage, Liguori said. The newlyweds got married in June 2017.




Worthington was a passenger on Shannon's plane Sunday morning.

There were no survivors and "no chance of survival", he said. He ran for Florida state representative in 2014 as a Republican and lost in a primary election by fewer than 175 votes.

Shannon was making a 45- to 60-minute flight for day trip to the Florida Keys, the sheriff said.

He said that John Shannon, a former Marine, took both his legal practice and flying seriously.

"The only thing you can say is nobody suffered", said Judd.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating the crash.

"Several deaths" occurred after a twin-engine plane crashed at an airport in Bartow, Fla., on December 24, 2017. He had filed a flight plan to fly Sunday from Bartow to Key West, Horstman said.

After reviewing the video, Judd said no one should have been taking off in that weather.

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