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USA: Several killed as small plane crashes into mobile home park

USA: Several killed as small plane crashes into mobile home park

Several people were killed when a small plane crashed into a mobile home park in Clearwater, Florida, in the southeastern US state on Thursday, local officials said.

“I can confirm that there are multiple fatalities inside the engine and the mobile homes,” Area Fire Chief Scott Ehlers said at a news conference.

The crash happened at 7 p.m. local time (0000 GMT Friday), shortly after a nearby airport was alerted that the plane was in trouble, Ehlers said.

Firefighters quickly rushed to the large Bayside Waters mobile home park and were able to put out the fire caused by the crash.

At least three homes were affected by the fire, and a fourth was directly impacted by the plane, according to the fire chief. Residents of other houses were evacuated safely.

The small plane was a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35, local media reported, citing the FAA, the federal agency responsible for aviation regulation in the United States. According to the same source, the pilot reported an engine failure before the crash.

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