A small plane crashed into a Clearwater, Florida mobile home park Thursday killing three people and setting several homes on fire, police said.
The victims were a crew member on the plane and two people who were on the ground, the FAA said.
The incident took place just after 7 p.m. in the Bayside Waters community.
Fire Chief Scott Ehlers revealed that the pilot had reported an emergency to St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport shortly before the aircraft went off radar.
“The tower over there was able to get a radio transmission from the pilot that he was having a Mayday, Mayday, Mayday. And the aircraft went off radar about three miles north of the runway which is in this location here,” Ehlers said.
The single-piston Beechcraft 35 Bonanza left Vero Beach Regional Airport at 6:08 p.m. and was set to land at the Clearwater Air Park.