THURSDAY 6:30 P.M. UPDATE:
The Polk County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday evening that the two people who died inside the plane were a married couple. They are 73-year-old Bonnie Powell and 76-year-old Dennis Powell, of Port Orange, Florida.
A small single-engine plane crashed into the front yard of a home in central Florida on Thursday, killing both people on board.
No one on the ground was injured, according to a news release from Polk County officials.
An image shows the remnants of the four-seat, propeller-driven plane crumbled up against a tree in the front yard of a one-story home.
— The FAA (@FAANews) February 13, 2020
The crash happened near Bartow Executive Airport, which is located about midway between Tampa and Orlando.
The National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the cause.
Officials have not yet released the victims’ names.