Loved ones reach out on Twitter to plane crash victims

Clearwater, Florida -- A small plane crashed in the middle of a Clearwater road killing the pilot, and seriously injuring two teenage girls riding as passengers inside.

The single-engine piper plane crashed just a few miles from the St. Pete Clearwater International Airport at 4:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. The plane is registered to A Glass Man a company that makes custom windows and doors out of Illinois. The pilot, 53-year-old Jeffrey Bronken, his 15-year-old daughter Katherine, and her friend 15-year-old Keyana Kinbo flew out of Chicago at 6:30 p.m. Friday and were heading to Florida for a spring break trip.

Bronken crashed the plane in between neighborhoods on McMullen Booth Road, just north of Union Street.

Both the father, daughter and friend are all from Round Lake, Illinois, which is just outside of Chicago.

"The sound was so loud," said neighbor Dennis Martin who lives just 200 feet from the crash. "I have never heard anything that loud."

"It's tragic," said another neighbor standing outside watching fire rescue crews clean up the wreckage. "It's a mangled mess, terrible. I can't believe anyone survived. Thank goodness the girls are still alive."

Katherine posted on her Twitter Friday night, "Just landed in Nashville." And on Thursday night, Keyana posted, "T-minus 24 hours = paradise."

Their loved ones posted about them on Twitter Saturday morning. Bethany Trock posted, "My prayers go out to the Bronken and Linbo families. Stay strong. "

There are pictures online of Katherine with her father flying in a plane, and going to Hawks games together. Katherine's dear friend, Josh Mathis, says the two were very close.

Their family lost Katherine's older sister four years ago in a snow mobile accident.

Katherine's mother, who is also Jeffrey's wife, is reportedly on her way to Florida.

FAA , NTSB, and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office are all investigating flight path , how the flight crashed, the death.

The plane nose-dived through power lines knocking out power to about 400 Duke Energy customers.


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