CLEARWATER, FLORIDA – Residents in the Bayside Waters 55+ community were enjoying their Thursday evening when a small plane tragically crashed into a mobile home park, causing a devastating fire.
The plane, a small Beechcraft Bonanza V35, was reported to have plummeted from the sky, narrowly missing other homes and trees before crashing into a 1,032-square foot unit at 2647 Pagoda Drive. The impact resulted in a thunderous explosion and shook homes in the area, leaving residents stunned by the force of the crash.
Tragically, the pilot and two people in the home hit by the plane died in the incident, which also caused damage to several other homes, with one being completely destroyed. Although there were as many as nine people in the house at the time of the crash, most had luckily left, narrowly averting disaster.
A federal investigator has arrived in Clearwater to investigate the cause of the crash, with hopes of producing a preliminary report within 30 days. Meanwhile, residents of the community are left reeling, sharing rumors and stories about the traumatic event.
As investigators work to piece together what caused the plane to go down, many questions remain unanswered. The small aircraft, which had taken off from Vero Beach, was owned by Control Data Inc., with its owner being a licensed commercial pilot living in Melbourne Beach.
The heartbreaking incident has left the community in shock, as residents search for answers and grapple with the aftermath of the devastating crash. The extent of the damage and the loss of life has deeply affected those in the Bayside Waters community.
Amidst the tragedy, the Bayside Waters community has come together, offering support to those affected and reflecting on the harrowing event that shook their neighborhood. As the investigation into the crash continues, the community is left to mourn and seek closure in the wake of such a devastating incident.