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5 Dead After Plane Plunges Into Florida Lake

FAA and NTSB are looking into the crash in Lake Okeechobee
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2019 6:00 AM CST
A boat returns to shore as people fish along Lake Okeechobee on July 12, 2018, in Clewiston, Fla.   (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

(Newser) – Five people have died in Florida after a small twin-engine Piper aircraft plunged into the waters of Lake Okeechobee on Friday afternoon. Per the AP, records indicate the plane took off from Tampa International Airport; NBC News notes it was headed toward Pahokee when it crashed around 3:30pm. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office says all five bodies were recovered. An early report out of the sheriff's office cited an eyewitness who claimed to have seen someone swimming away from the downed plane, but that report is now said to be inaccurate, per ABC News. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are both looking into the crash. (Read more Florida stories.)

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