"You can hear the engine as it revved up and as the plane took off, and there's not one sign of the aircraft that was obviously soaked in a very dense, very heavy fog". They also say, along with them was the pilot's other daughter, 24-year-old Olivia Shannon, a Southern University student, and a family friend, 32-year-old Krista Clayton.
The plane caught fire after the crash and was fully involved by the time rescue crews arrived, Tina Mann, Polk County Fire Rescue spokeswoman, said in a statement.
Also killed on Sunday were two of Shannon's daughters, Olivia Shannon, 24, and Victoria Shannon Worthington, 26, as well as Worthington's husband, Peter Worthington, 27. They didn't get to the crash scene until 13 minutes later and it took another 12 minutes to knock down the intense fire.
The Polk County sheriff's office said the crash killed the 70-year-old pilot, identified as John Shannon, a Lakeland lawyer, and four adult passengers - his two daughters, his son-in-law, and a family friend.
"This is a tragedy at any time, but it is so much worse because it happened on Christmas Eve", Judd said.
Sheriff Judd said he was a law student at the University of Maryland.
The family planned to take a day trip to Key West before returning later Sunday, Judd said.
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She lived in Maryland where she was a school teacher for the Baltimore School District. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the crash.
Judd spoke highly of Shannon, who was well-known in the Lakeland area as being active in his community.
Victoria Shannon and Peter Worthington were married in June at Baltimore's George Peabody Library, according to a wedding announcement.
Sheriff Judd was friends with Shannon and said, "John Shannon has always been a great advocate, a great attorney". He ran for Florida state representative in 2014 as a Republican and lost in a primary election by fewer than 175 votes.
"He said, 'I couldn't believe that they were taking off in this fog, '" Judd said. "Krista joined the family on the trip", the news release said.
"That's being quite generous", Cindy Barrow, the executive director at the Bartow airport, said in an interview.