Both teenage girls in Safety Harbor plane crash still in hospital

The two teenage girls injured in a plane crash in Safety Harbor early Saturday morning remain in the hospital, where they were rushed after the accident with serious injuries.

Katherine Bronken and Keyana Linbo, both 15 and of Round Lake, Ill, were in a plane piloted by Katherine’s father, Jeffrey Bronken, when it crashed into McMullen-Booth Road. The father died at the scene.

St. Joseph’s Hospital declined Sunday afternoon to provide an update on the girls’ conditions.

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The small, PA-28 airplane left a Chicago airport around 6:30 p.m. Friday night. The group planned to visit Clearwater, which they had done the previous year, too, stopping off at the beach and pier.

They landed in Nashville just after midnight, according to a text sent by one of the girls, and the plane crashed in Safety Harbor around 4 a.m.

Neighbors said it sounded like an exploding bomb. The plane had also clipped a pair of electrical towers, snapping a 2-inch-thick power line, and shut off electricity in the area.

It’s uncertain why the plane crashed, or if the father was trying to land on the street. The Federal Aviation Administration said it received a radio call from the plane about possible fuel problems.

Officials with both the FAA and National Transportation Safety Board were leading the investigation.