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Six dead in Florida Pilatus crash


A prominent Kansas businessman, his wife and their four children all died Thursday when their Pilatus PC-12 single-engine turboprop crashed in central Florida about 50 miles east of Tampa. While much of the plane was recovered damaged but intact in a swampy area, parts of the aircraft were found two miles away from the crash site, indicating that a mechanical or structural issue may have been a factor in the crash. The plane was cruising at 26,000 feet before the crash. Witnesses reported seeing the plane either spiraling or tumbling through the air as it descended; first responders said it appeared to have partially broken up in flight. The Pilatus was returning to Kansas from the Bahamas and had departed an airport in southeast Florida less than 30 minutes before the accident. So far there is no indication whether or not the pilot declared an emergency with air traffic controllers.