BARTOW, FLORIDA (December 24, 2017) – Krista Clayton was tragically identified as one of the five people killed in a small plane crash on Sunday in Bartow, Florida according to a local news source. (map)
The plane took off from Bartow Municipal Airport around 7:15 am with five people on board including the pilot. The plane crashed moments after takeoff, and immediately caught on fire after impact. All five on board were tragically killed as a result of the accident.
Krista Clayton, a 32 year old teacher at Jewett Academy, was sadly identified as one of those killed. Also killed were pilot John Shannon and his daughters Olivia and Victoria, as well as Victoria’s husband Peter. Krista was a long time family friend of the Shannon’s, and was survived by two children under the age of 4.
The cause of Sunday’s tragic plane crash is still under investigation by the NTSB. Initial findings indicate that visibility was near 0 at the time of the crash due to heavy fog. It is unknown why the plane chose to take off amidst those conditions. The Bartow Airport’s website states they have a control tower with listed hours, but it is unknown if anyone was on duty at the time of the accident.
A brief foray into the history of Cessna 340s indicate a troubled beginning. Before the plane’s even began leaving the manufacturing line, a prototype Cessna 340 crashed, killing its pilot in 1970. Since the plane’s release in 1970, there have been a total of 224 deaths attributed to Cessna 340 crashes. The Cessna 340 also has a startling fatality rate of 61%, meaning out of the 139 incidents reported regarding Cessna 340s, there were fatalities in 86 of those incidents.
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“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.”