Several people are dead after a plane crashed at a mobile home park in Tampa


Firefighters and police remain at the scene of a small plane crash at a mobile home park in Tampa Bay. The National Transportation Safety Board will oversee the investigation and provide any updates.

Updated at 10 p.m.:

During a news conference, Clearwater Fire Chief Scott Ehlers said several people died in the accident. Eilers did not provide any other details except to indicate that the people who died were on the plane and inside the house that the plane crashed into.

Updated at 9:30 p.m.:

According to Clearwater Fire Chief Scott Ehlers, when firefighters arrived on scene, they found four mobile homes engulfed in flames and located the plane.

Firefighters continue to search the trailer that the plane initially crashed into, looking for any potential victims.

Residents of nearby homes that caught fire were able to evacuate their homes without causing any injuries.

Original story:

Firefighters and police are currently on scene at a mobile home park in Clearwater, Florida after a small single-engine Cessna plane crashed into a residential area.

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Clearwater Fire and Rescue, the Clearwater Police Department and several other fire departments and law enforcement agencies are located at Bayside Waters, formerly known as Japanese Garden Home Mobile Park, on U.S. 19 south of the Clearwater Mall.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35 plane crashed after the pilot reported engine failure.

The accident happened just after 7pm and firefighters were on the scene seven minutes after receiving the call.

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Pagoda Drive inside the park is where the bulk of the activity takes place, according to a news release.

It is not yet known how many people were on board the plane or how many were injured on the ground.

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Fire Chief Scott Ehlers will speak to the media later this evening.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the matter. The NTSB will oversee the investigation and will provide any updates.

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