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  • Updated: February 02, 2024

Scores reportedly dead as small plane crashes into mobile home in Florida

Scores reportedly dead as small plane crashes into mobile ho

An unspecified number of fatalities have been reported on Thursday after a small plane crashed into and demolished a mobile home in Clearwater, Florida.

Flames and smoke billowed from the destroyed mobile home from Images posted online by the Clearwater Fire & Rescue Department.

“I can confirm that we have several fatalities both from the aircraft and within” the mobile home the plane crashed into, Clearwater Fire Chief Scott Ehlers said in a press briefing late on Thursday.

He, however, did not give the exact number of fatalities.

The pilot had radioed in a Mayday distress call, Ehlers said earlier.

The aircraft, a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35, crashed into the residential area after the pilot reported an engine failure, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson was quoted by CNN to have said.

It was not clear how many people were on the plane.

Ehlers, who disclosed that, one person on the ground received a minor injury but refused treatment, said that the pilot died.

In all, four homes were damaged in the mobile home park where the crash occurred, he said.

“A mobile home doesn’t withstand much in the first place, so the aircraft pretty much demolished it. The fire consumed the rest,” Ehlers said.

A neighbor, Steven Ascari, who posted video of the scene on social media, said first responders arrived quickly and put out the flames within half an hour.

“We heard an explosion outside that shook the entire apartment and next thing you know a giant pillar of smoke was seen,” Ascari said.

Clearwater is a city of about 117,000 people on the Gulf Coast about 24 miles (40 km) west of Tampa.

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