Three Dead After Small Plane Crash In Panhandle

FOUNTAIN (CBSMiami/AP) —  Three people died after a small plane crashed in Florida’s panhandle on Sunday.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Ruth Corley said the plane caused a fire when it crashed  in the morning in a wooded area near Fountain.

In a statement, Corley said the pilot was taken to a hospital in “extremely critical condition” and three passengers in the plane died.

The names of the victims have not been released. Corley said the pilot will be taken to a burn center.

Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen said the plane was a Piper PA 28 aircraft with four persons on board. The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.

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