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Aircraft Crashes on McMullen Booth Road; One Dead and Two Injured

planedown018Aircraft Crashes on McMullen Booth Road; One Dead and Two Injured






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Update 4/1/2014: Plane crash survivor, Keyana Linbo, was back home in Round Lake, Illinois following her release from St Josephs Hospital here in Tampa on Sunday. According to the Chicago Daily Herald, she attended a candlelight vigil later the same evening.

Update 3/26/2014 (5:40pm): Katherine Bronken has died from her injuries according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.  Keyana Linbo is listed as being in stable condition.

Update 3/23/2014 (10AM):
Audio obtained from Tampa International Tower.  Aircraft was on a 5 mile VFR final into runway 18L. Tower reports that the pilot declared a fuel emergency on final approach into St. Petersburg Clearwater Airport.  Audio also indicated that the pilot was attempting to land on McMullen Booth Road due to the fuel issue.

AUDIO from Tampa International Tower (Source:

All gaps have been removed from the audio recording

Frayed powerlines across McMullen Booth Road
Frayed powerlines across McMullen Booth Road

Update: The deceased pilot has been identified as 53 year-old Jeffrey Bronken of Round Lake, Illinois. The two 15 year-old injured passengers have been identified as Katherine Bronken and Keyana Linbo also of Round Lake, Illinois.

Update #2: McMullen Booth Road has reopened (5:40pm)
15 year-old from plane crash this AM last reported on twitter at 11:20pm last night that they stopped in Nashville, TN. Crashed at 4am.

March 22, 2014

Multiple calls were received by the Pinellas County 911 center this morning about 4am of plane down after hitting power lines.  Witnesses reported that the male occupant of the aircraft was lying in the roadway with two injured females still inside.

Initial arriving units reported locating an aircraft nose first into the ground.  The plane was a Single-engine Piper aircraft which reportedly left Chicago, Illinois about 6:30pm last night.  It was enroute to St. Petersburg-Clearwater Airport.  The Piper PA-28-181 Archer aircraft was placed into service in 1980 and registered to Inman Glass Corporation out of Highland Park, Illinois.

The male pilot of the aircraft was declared deceased on-scene.  According to Sgt. DiSano of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, the pilot’s daughter and her friend were also aboard the aircraft.  They were both declared to be trauma alerts and transported to a local trauma center for further medical care.  Initially, Bayflite was dispatched to the scene but was ultimately cancelled.  Both the injured were transported by Sunstar.

High tension lines were down in the area and Duke Energy was going to begin repairs after sunrise.

Traffic on McMullen Booth Road will be closed for some time between Enterprise Rd and Union Street. FAA was on-scene and a NTSB representative was enroute from Newark, New Jersey to investigate.



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