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The Polk County Sheriff's Office stated on its Twitter page that the crash of a Cessna 340 happened around 7:15 a.m. today at Bartow Municipal Airport.

Olivia Shannon, 24, was a student at Southeastern University in Lakeland.

It is now unknwown what caused the crash but the airport was struggling with visibility at the time of the incident due to heavy fog, local media reports. "It is a worse tragedy on Christmas Eve", Judd said.

Family friend Krista Clayton, 32, was a teacher in Lakeland and a mother of two, Judd said.

After the war, the complex functioned as a "flight school training cadets for military service" before it was turned over to the city of Bartow, the website says. Heavy fog was reported at the time, officials said.

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A fire engulfed the plane after it crashed; everyone on board died.

An airport employee who was photographing the thick fog captured sound of the crash on video.

Bartow is about 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Orlando.

The plane crashed shortly after takeoff and the sheriff's office said all of the victims perished upon or immediately after impact.

The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration investigators will probe the crash.

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