Three people, including a pilot, were killed in a plane crash that struck a Clearwater, Florida mobile home on Thursday. The plane crash additionally impacted four other nearby homes, which the residents soon evacuated. The plane (which had a single-engine) had an engine failure that had been reported by the pilot moments before it tragically struck the home, according to Clearwater fire chief, Scott Ehlers.
The pilot was the sole occupant of the plane, while the other two casualties were in the affected residences. The crash impacted half of the mobile home park “Bayside Waters”, leaving it immersed in flames, but miraculously no one was injured, and there weren’t any additional deaths.
The aircraft, “a Beechcraft Bonanza V35”, crashed into the home at about 7 p.m., and witnesses of the event said they saw and heard a lot of smoke and flames. It was described as “a ball of bright white light falling in the dark sky”, “a racing engine”, as well as an “explosion”, as per The New York Times.
“The Fire Department received the initial call just after 7 p.m., and crews “quickly extinguished” the blaze after arriving at the park within roughly seven minutes,” Chief Ehlers stated.
Fortunately, the flames were extinguished immediately, and the FAA along with the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate the incident, as per several sources and the FAA. Clearwater is home to 110,000 people and it’s 23 miles west of Tampa, as per CNN.