Tragedy struck in Clearwater, Florida, on Thursday evening when a small plane crashed into a mobile home park, resulting in several fatalities. The incident occurred at Bayside Waters mobile home park, where firefighters rushed to the scene around 7:15 p.m. local time. City Fire Chief Scott Ehlers shared the heartbreaking news during a briefing, revealing that four trailer homes, one of which housed the crashed plane, were engulfed in flames. While he confirmed multiple fatalities from both the aircraft and the mobile home, an exact count was not provided. The details surrounding the number of individuals on the plane remained unclear on Thursday night. The single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza V35 crashed into a mobile home predominantly, and efforts were underway to extinguish hotspots and reach the victims. Residents in the area recounted the harrowing experience, with Steven Ascari describing an explosion-like sound that reverberated through his apartment, followed by a massive pillar of smoke. The incident unfolded simultaneously with reports of a fire at the mobile home park and a plane emergency near an airport. The aircraft went off radar about 3 miles north of a runway, aligning with the location of the tragic crash. According to a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson, the pilot had reported engine failure before the crash. The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are actively investigating the incident. Clearwater Police Chief Eric Gandy, addressing the seriousness of the situation, stated that the incident is considered a serious traffic homicide crash. Authorities are diligently working to secure and preserve the scene for the arrival of NTSB and FAA investigators later in the evening. Clearwater, a community of over 110,000 residents, is located approximately 23 miles west of Tampa on Florida’s central west coast. The investigation is ongoing, and updates will be provided as the story develops.