Sad news coming out of Palm Beach County Florida tonight. A small plane that took off from Tampa International Airport crashed Into Lake Okeechobee. All people aboard the aircraft were reported killed.
Details are sketchy at this hour, but here's what we know:
Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement via Twitter this afternoon.
"PBSO Marine Unit Deputies and @PBCFR personnel recovered five individuals from the aircraft fuselage. All individuals are deceased. The death investigation will be handled by PBSO Violent Crimes Division. The airplane crash will be investigated by the FAA and NTSB."
The airplane was near the Pahokee Airport when it suddenly plummeted from the sky. Palm Beach Fire and Rescue say the twin-engine Piper went down about 400 yards offshore. The fuselage was recovered but all those on board are reportedly deceased. Initial reports say there were five people on board, but that has not been confirmed.
Witnesses say the small plane went down as it was approaching the Pahokee Airport at around 3:30 p.m., just north of the airport, about 400 yards offshore.
The flight departed from Tampa International Airport, according to the FAA.
“Officials confirmed the airplane took off from Sheltair Aviation Services, executive hangar complex at TIA. Sheltair told ABC Action News they had no comment on Friday.”
“JUST IN: Sheltair Aviation Services tells @abcactionnews it has no comment regarding today’s deadly crash, refers any questions to the @NTSB.”
There were varying reports about the passengers, with witnesses saying they saw one person swimming away from the wreckage, but that individual has not been located.
A few hours later, search and rescue teams recovered five bodies from the fuselage.
Palm Beach County Fire Rescue is conducting a search of the lake in the hopes of finding more answers.
Names of passengers have not been released at this hour.
This is a developing story. Please check back for additional details as they become available.