Two killed when small plane crashes into Central Florida yard

Two passengers killed when aircraft crashes into Florida yard

Two people were killed Thursday morning when a small plane crashed into the front yard of a Central Florida home, authorities said.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, the fixed-wing, land-based aircraft nosedived into a yard near the Bartow Executive Airport around 11:30 a.m., The Lakeland Ledger reported.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft was a Mooney M20J, WTSP reported.

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An image provided by Polk County Fire Rescue officials showed the remnants of the four-seat, propeller-driven plane crumpled against a tree in the front yard of a one-story home.

The names of the two people aboard the aircraft have not been released; nobody on the ground was injured, according to Bay News 9.

Officials from the National Transportation Safety Board and the FAA are handling the investigation, the Ledger reported.

Officials survey the damage after a small plane crashed into the front yard of a Central Florida home Thursday morning.
Officials survey the damage after a small plane crashed into the front yard of a Central Florida home Thursday morning. (Polk County Fire Rescue)