4 dead in Polk County plane crash

Airplane crashes near airport in Lake Wales


LAKE WALES, Fla. – At least four people were killed Thursday when a small airplane crashed in Polk County, according to officials.

Polk County fire officials said the crash happened about 1 p.m. near Walk in Water Road, which is located by David's Wines Airstrip Airport in Lake Wales.

The victim's names have not been released, and details about the crash were not immediately known.

Polk county sheriff's deputies told WKMG-TV there were no survivors. They said the crash site isn't accessible on the ground so they are flying authorities to the site. Once on scene and the investigation into the wreckage begins, more fatalities may be discovered, deputies said.

According to flightaware.com, the plane, a Pilatus PC-12, took off from St. Lucie County at 12:05 p.m. and was headed to Kansas.

The plane is owned by Roadside Ventures, LLC in Junction City, Kansas. The victims are believed to include the company's owner and some family members.

The plan was once connected to former Casey Anthony lawyer Todd Macaluso and was part of a hoax in the summer of 2011 with a Casey look-a-like running from the plane at Orlando Executive Airport.

According to registration records, the plane has changed hands at least once since then.