Pilot Killed and 2 Injured in Small Plane Crash

A single-engine plane crashed onto a six-lane street early Saturday near Tampa, Fla., killing the pilot and leaving his daughter and her friend seriously injured, officials said.

The 1980 Piper crashed around 4 a.m. in Clearwater en route from Chicago to the St. Pete/Clearwater airport, local police said.

Pilot Jeffrey Bronken, 53, was killed in the accident, while his daughter, Katherine Bronken, and her friend, Kenyana Linbo, both 15, were taken to a Tampa hospital, reported NBC affiliate WPTV.

Firefighters had rushed to extinguish small debris fires on the road.

The plane left Chicago around 6:30 p.m. (7:30 p.m. ET) Friday. All three on board came from Round Lake, north of Chicago, police said.

FAA and NTSB officials are investigating the cause of the crash.


— Erik Ortiz