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Father says daughter, 21, killed in suburban Lake Worth plane crash

SUBURBAN LAKE WORTH, Fla. - The NTSB said at a Wednesday morning news conference that two people were killed, one in the aircraft and one on the ground, in yesterday's plane crash in suburban Lake Worth.

NTSB spokesman Daniel Boggs said the Piper Cherokee 180 originated from Orlando and was scheduled to land in Lantana.

There were no distress calls made from the aircraft, and the plane was completely destroyed.  Boggs said the pilot was the owner of the aircraft, but his name has not been released.

They won't speculate on the cause but said they will be at the scene for two days. Investigators expect to remove the wreckage this afternoon.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue has not confirmed how many people were killed, but a father says his 21-year-old daughter is among the victims.  No information has been released on the pilot or any passengers.

The FAA, NTSB, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Beach County Fire Rescue and the Medical Examiner are all involved in the investigation.

Around 5:30 p.m., emergency crews responded to the crash at the Mar Mak Colony Club mobile home park located in the 3200 block of Mar-Mak Drive.

Cap. Alberto Borroto with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said two mobile homes caught fire when the plane crashed.

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"They started an aggressive attack, brought it under control, kept exposures to a minimum to the two homes, no surrounding homes were affected," said Borroto. 

A father of one of victims told WPTV that his 21-year-old daughter was living in one of the mobile homes where the crash occurred

Domingo Galicia, the father of one of the victims, said he was in the home when the plane plunged into his 21-year-old daughter's room.

"Banny, Banny, Banny, come here, come here," Domingo Galicia described how he tried to call his daughter, but he said he could only see smoke.

Galicia ran out of the home and never saw his daughter escape.

"I don't feel anything. I feel like I'm standing on air," said Galicia in Spanish. 

His daughter, Banny Galicia, was sleeping in her bedroom when the plane hit. He spoke to her just 20 minutes before the crash.  She said was tired and not in the mood to go school that evening.

"Banny was an incredible woman, very hard working, and studious," Galicia added in Spanish. 

Officials say two families are being assisted by the Red Cross due to power outages caused by the plane crash.

"I just saw the plane go across the field sway side to side like sputtering for gas and all of a sudden drop. and then blew up," witness Arthur Grimes said.

There is no information on how the accident happened or the number of victims involved.

The FAA is on the scene to investigate the plane crash. Palm Beach County Fire Rescue has turned the investigation over to FAA. One unit will be on the scene to assist FAA.

Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board are expected to arrive to the crash site Wednesday. 

The FAA issued this statement:

The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Department in Florida advised the FAA that a small aircraft crashed into a mobile home park in Lake Worth shortly before 6 PM. They said that homes are on fire. We have no information about the aircraft or other details yet. We will update the statement when the new information is available.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue said its crews responded to reports of a possible aircraft accident near Lake Worth Road and Mar Mak Dr.

It says responding crews reported a visible column of smoke from Lake Worth Road and callers reported a low flying aircraft.

First arriving crews reported a fully involved mobile home, however Fire Rescue has not confirmed that a plane crashed. 

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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