Police: 86-year-old man among 3 dead after small plane crashes at mobile home park in Florida


Officials have identified the three people who died after a small plane crashed at a mobile home park in Clearwater on Thursday.

The Clearwater Police Department said the three victims were 86-year-old Martha Perry of Clearwater, 54-year-old Mary Ellen Bender of Treasure Island, and 54-year-old Jimin Patel of Melbourne Beach, who was the pilot.

Berry lives on Pagoda Drive, and Binder was visiting the mobile home, police said.

Read: FAA: 3 dead after small plane crashes into mobile home park in Florida

Investigators said the pilot of the single-engine plane radioed “Mayday” to Clearwater-St. Pete Airport around 7 p.m. to report an engine failure.

Four mobile homes caught fire, but three were evacuated, officials said.

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