Several killed in plane crash in Florida

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Lawyer John Shannon, 70, of Lakeland, Fla., ran for a state representative's seat in 2014 but lost in the August Republican primary to Colleen Burton, who still holds the office. They were identified as: 24-year-old Southeastern University student Olivia Shannon, 26-year-old Baltimore teacher Victoria Shannon Worthington, 27-year-old University of Maryland law student Peter Worthington Jr. and 32-year-old Lakeland teacher Krista Clayton.

The plane caught fire after the crash and was fully involved by the time rescue crews arrived, Tina Mann, Polk County Fire Rescue spokeswoman, said in a statement.

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. The crash occurred at the end of the runway after it attempted to take off in heavy fog, though an official cause has not yet been determined.

Shannon's daughter Victoria and her husband Peter had just arrived in town on Saturday for the holidays, from Baltimore, where they live.

Judd spoke highly of Shannon, who was well-known in the Lakeland area as being active in his community.

Victoria and her husband Peter Worthington (above) both died in the crash.

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Sheriff Judd said he was a law student at the University of Maryland.

Shannon-Worthington was a teacher at Baltimore International Academy Elementary/Middle School in Baltimore. She was also the mother of an 18-month-old and 3-year-old, Sheriff Judd said. They were married in June, and her father's Facebook profile photo shows him with his daughters at her wedding.

Worthington was a passenger on Shannon's plane Sunday morning. Shannon's two daughters, a son-in-law and a family friend also were on board when the plane crashed around 7:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24.

Shannon was making a 45- to 60-minute flight for day trip to the Florida Keys, the sheriff said. Sheriff Judd says neither child was on the flight.

In Florida, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration will be investigating Sunday's plane crash.

"That's being quite generous", Cindy Barrow, the executive director at the Bartow airport, said in an interview.

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