Aged Couple Killed After Small Plane Crashes In The Front Yard Of A Florida Home

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Two people have reportedly died after a small plane crashed into a front yard in Bartow on Thursday, deputies say.
The accident happened less than a mile away from the Bartow Executive Airport, which is east of Tampa, Florida, Fox 13 reported.

While no one on the ground was injured in the crash that occurred just after 11 a.m. on Thursday, an elderly couple — on board the aircraft during the flight — died. The two people who died were a married couple inside the plane. The sheriff’s office has identified them as 73-year-old Bonnie Powell and 76-year-old Dennis Powell, of Port Orange

Although there was some damage to the home’s driveway and a tree in the front yard, no houses were affected, the outlet reported.

“Bartow was in communication with them. There did not appear to be anything going on. But for some unknown reason, they just lost altitude and crashed pretty much nose in,” said a Polk County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson to the outlet.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Video footage shared by 10 News WTSP showed the aircraft in shambles. Neighbors told the outlet that it’s not uncommon for planes to fly low in the area, considering how close the location is to the airport.

A resident in the neighborhood told Fox 13 the plane could be heard overhead just before it crashed.

“We heard it coming across and, all of a sudden, we heard the thump and we knew what had happened,” Roland Cook said. “Hopefully, it is just a once in a lifetime thing.”

The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash, NBC 6 reported. But for now, authorities are not saying what kind of aircraft crashed.

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