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"I do see Polk County Fire units, unfortunately on the runway the fog is so low we can't see anything on the runway and are investigating and we did not see or come across any pilots or planes on the runway at this time", the transcription of the dispatch said, as ABC reported.

Peter Worthington Jr., 27, was Victoria's husband. Officials say the pilot, his daughter's and their husbands were all aboard the plane.

A school teacher in Baltimore, 26-year-old Victoria Shannon Worthington had just arrived in town the night prior from Maryland to celebrate Christmas with the family.

Polk County Fire Rescue spokeswoman Tina Mann said in a statement that a total of four fatalities had been confirmed in the crash Sunday morning at Bartow Municipal Airport.

The twin-engine plane went down just after takeoff around 7:15 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 24 at Polk County's Bartow Municipal Airport., Sheriff Grady Judd said, with emergency operators receiving a call minutes later. "It is a worse tragedy on Christmas Eve".

"Ironically, about an hour later the fog lifted and it's a handsome Florida day", Sheriff Judd said.

John Shannon, who graduated in 1975 from Samford University school of law in Homewood, Ala., had been a member of the Florida Bar since 1975, according to state records.

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Authorities say he was an accomplished pilot but did not say how long he has been flying.

Shannon, who was a local attorney from Lakeland, filed a flight plan Sunday morning to fly to Key West, according to the sheriff's office.

Sheriff Judd says she was a student at Southeastern University in Lakeland.

Liguori said that John Shannon, a longtime personal injury lawyer, changed his lifestyle after he separated from the daughters' mother when they were young.

There were no survivors and "no chance of survival", he said. But he added that the weather was foggy "and not conducive for taking off". "Krista joined the family on the trip", the news release said.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. The sheriff - at times becoming emotional while speaking of his friend - said he was told Shannon brought cookies for the Bartow airport staff.


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