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Twin-engine plane crashes into Florida lake; 5 dead

By
Danielle Haynes

March 8 (UPI) -- Five people died Friday when a small airplane crashed into South Florida's Lake Okeechobee, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue divers recovered the bodies after a witness initially reported seeing a person swimming away from the crashed airplane about 400 yards from shore.

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The plane crashed just north of Pahokee airport.

PBSO said it recovered all five bodies from the fuselage of the plane.

WPTV-TV in West Palm Beach reported the twin-engine Piper aircraft crashed as it approached the airport around 3:30 p.m. The flight originated from Tampa.

The office's Violent Crimes Division, the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board were investigating the crash.

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