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Radio transmission offers new insight into Clearwater plane crash
6:12 PM, Mar 24, 2014
6:27 PM, Mar 24, 2014
The emergency call and radio traffic have been released in a deadly McMullen Booth Road plane crash.
Radio transmissions are providing new insight into the moments before and after a small plane crashed in Clearwater.
The pilot, 53-year-old Jeffrey Bronken, was flying into St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport on Saturday when his plane went down.
Moments before the crash, someone in a Tampa control tower told a responding Bayflight pilot that Bronken was looking for a place to land.
"At the last moment he made a broadcast and implied that he was declaring a fuel emergency and that we was going to try and land on a highway," the man in the control tower said.
The plane crashed on McMullen Booth Road.
Investigators said Bronken clipped power lines above the road before the plane slammed into the ground.
Bronken was just a few miles outside the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.
His 15-year-old daughter and her friend were also on board.
The two teens were rushed to the hospital. Bronken died in the crash.
While he hinted to the control tower that a fuel issue may have led to the crash, an official cause has not been released.
St. Joseph's Hospital has not said if the two girls are still receiving treatment or what their conditions are.
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