A family’s Christmas reunion has ended in tragedy after five of them were killed in a plane crash in Florida.
The group died when their light aircraft came down near Bartow Airbase runway, 50 miles from Orlando.
Pilot John Shannon, 70, his two adult daughters, son-in-law and a family friend died just after 7am on Christmas Eve.
Mr Shannon was a personal injury and death lawyer. His daughters were Southeastern University student Olivia Shannon, 24, and Baltimore teacher Victoria Shannon Worthington, 26.
Law student Peter Worthington Jr, 27, and Lakeland teacher Krista Clayton, 32 also perished in the crash.
Their twin-engine Cessna 340 was heading into heavy fog when it took off for Key West, officials said.
Emergency services were scrambled but arrived to find the plan engulfed in flames.
“This is a tragedy any time, but it is so much worse because it happened on Christmas Eve,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judge said.
His office added all victims died upon or immediately after impact.