A tragic incident unfolded in Florida on Thursday as a small plane crashed into a trailer park, resulting in fatalities and widespread damage to homes, as reported by the BBC. The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35 went down in the Bayside Waters mobile home park in Clearwater, located just south of the Clearwater Mall. Air traffic control received a distress call from the pilot before the aircraft vanished from radar. While the exact number of individuals aboard remains unknown, both occupants of the plane and individuals within the mobile home park were affected, leading to multiple fatalities, according to the Clearwater Fire and Rescue Department.
A video capturing the aftermath of the crash was shared by the fire department, revealing debris scattered across the area. Firefighters from various agencies rushed to the scene as multiple mobile homes became engulfed in flames. Clearwater Fire Chief Scott Ehlers stated that four trailers were extensively damaged, with one directly impacted by the plane. Fortunately, residents managed to evacuate safely, although investigators are yet to access the trailer directly struck by the aircraft. Tragically, the pilot is presumed to have perished in the crash.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) disclosed that the plane, a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35, had experienced an “engine failure” before the tragic incident. However, the exact number of occupants aboard remains unconfirmed. The FAA, along with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), will spearhead the investigation into the crash, aiming to ascertain the circumstances leading to the tragic event.