NTSB says Clearwater plane was in accident years ago

Tampa, Florida -- A National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) report shows the same plane that crashed on McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater on Saturday was involved in a "nosedive accident" back in 2007.

The NTSB said that accident involved a different pilot who overshot the runway. No one was injured in that incident.

On Saturday evening, hospital officials said 15-year-old Katherine Bronken, the daughter of 53-year-old pilot Jeffrey Bronken, was in critical condition. Her friend, 15-year-old Keyana Kinbo, was in fair condition. Jeffrey Bronken died in the crash.

The three flew out of Chicago at 6:30 p.m. Friday and were heading to Florida for a spring break trip.

Neighbor Ken Hoxie said, "This is something that's traumatic." He said Jeffrey Bronken was always helpful, very much a family and community man. "Jeff – bigger than life."

Neighbors say his daughter, Katherine, is a wonderful person too, and an athlete.

Sadly, this is not the first tragedy the family has suffered; friends say back in 2009 daughter Christy Bronken died in a snowmobile accident. Many people say they have Katherine and Cristy's mother in their thoughts.

"It was tragic. It really affected the family a lot. We are going to pray and hope she can keep going."


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