BARTOW, FLORIDA (December 24, 2017) – John Shannon, a 70 year old attorney from Lakeland, Florida, was confirmed to be one of the five victims killed in a plane crash at the Bartow Municipal Airport on Sunday. (map)
The accident happened around 7:15 am at the Bartow Municipal Airport. A Cessna 340 plane carrying five people took off from the Bartow Municipal Airport en route to Key West, and crashed moments later. The visibility at the airport at the time of the crash was near 0, as heavy fog had blanketed the area. By the time fire personnel located the downed aircraft through the thick fog curtain, the plane was fully engulfed.
The crash killed all five on board, including 70 year old Lakeland attorney, John Shannon. Also on board were two of John Shannon’s children, Olivia and Victoria. Victoria’s husband Peter Worthington was also on board, and the last victim of the crash was a family friend identified as Krista Clayton.
John Shannon was a well known attorney in the Lakeland, Florida area. John specialized in cases regarding personal injury, wrongful death, or insurance, and was highly regarded in his community. He used his plane to fly supplies to Key West after Hurricane Irma, and volunteered at the local Kiwanis Club. John got his private pilots license in 2010, and the Cessna 340 was registered to a company called Aviation Transportation, LLC. Initial reports indicate that the company belonged to John Shannon himself.
It is unknown at this time why John took off from the airport with the visibility as low as it was. It is also unknown whether the control tower had anyone on duty at the time, or whether clearance from the tower was required to take off at this airport. The accident remains under open investigation at this time to determine cause and liability, and Lexton Law is still receiving updates at this time.
“Sadly, there are no words that can comfort all family members and friends affected by this tragic accident,” said the attorneys from Lexton Law. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all those involved.”