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Storms Stall Search for Victims of Florida Panhandle Plane Crash

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

CRYSTAL LAKE, Fla. (AP) - Heavy thunderstorms today halted a continuing effort to recover the remains of five people killed when their twin-engine Cessna crashed into an isolated forest in the Florida Panhandle.

Wreckage was strewn along a half-mile path after the Cessna crashed early Friday in dense woods about 90 miles west of Tallahassee. Searchers used a bulldozer and a back hoe to clear a path to the crash site.

"Our main concern is finding the remains of the passengers," Washington County Sheriff Bobby Haddock said his main concer was
finding the remains of the passengers.

Killed were pilot John Johnson; Deborah Irby and her mother, Wanda Irby; Roxanne Costello and her husband, Barry DeLong. All lived in the Panama City Beach area. They were flying to the Bahamas for Christmas to meet Deborah Irby's husband.

The plane disappeared from radar shortly after the pilot reported severe thunderstorms to air traffic controllers.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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