Plane Crash in Florida Leaves Pilot Dead, Two Teens Injured

A Round Lake man is dead after a plane crash early Saturday morning in Clearwater, Florida. Also on board was the man’s teenage daughter and her classmate who were both injured in the crash.

According to Pinellas County Sheriff’s spokesman, David DiSano, the pilot of the plane was Jeffrey Bronken, 53. The teenagers, identified as Katherine Bronken, Jeffrey Bronken’s daughter and Kenyana Linbo, were both transferred to a Florida hospital in serious condition.

The three were in a single-engine plane heading from Chicago en route to the St. Pete/Clearwater airport, when the plane crashed in Clearwater about 4 a.m. EST, authorities said. The plane crashed into power lines before eventually crashing head first into a median on a six-lane street.

Lisa Roberts, a neighbor, said Jeffrey Bronken was always helpful to his neighbors stating that one year he even went house to house to help neighbors install sprinkling systems.

The plane was registered to Glass Man Inc., a company which Jefferey Bronken owned.

The Tampa Tribune reported that residents were without power and captured images of the crash on McMullen-Booth Road.

Both the FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating.