Date & Time: Dec 24, 2017 at 0720 LT
Type of aircraft:
Cessna 340
Registration:
N247AT
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Flight Type:
Private
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Bartow – Key West
MSN:
340-0214
YOM:
1973
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
4
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
Shortly after takeoff from runway 27R at Bartow Airport, while in initial climb, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in flames near the runway end. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire and all five occupants were killed. At the time of the accident, the visibility was nil due to thick fog. According to local police officers who were working on a helicopter parked in a hangar at the airport, a departure in such low visibility was quite impossible. The pilot, aged 70, was flying to Key West with his two daughters aged 24 and 26, one of his sons-in-law and a friend.