Florida Residents Killed In Crash

Jasper, Marion County (AP) -- A Marion County official has identified the victims of a fatal airplane crash near Jasper.

Medical Examiner Brenda Sowter said Wednesday one of the people killed Tuesday was 51-year-old Michael Burlingham of Port St. Lucie, Florida, who was the pilot. The other fatality was his mother, 84-year-old Gertrude Rutter, also of Port St. Lucie.

Two others are in critical condition at Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga. Sowter identified them as Burlingham's 51-year-old wife carol Burlingham and 26-year-old Tom Ebel of Michigan, identified as a friend of the Burlingham family.

Federal air safety investigators are trying to determine what caused the single-engine plane to come down on the lawn of a home about two miles from the Marion County Airport, 20 miles west of Chattanooga.

The plane had taken off from Zeeland, Michigan.

A family of four from Davie, Florida, were killed Friday night when their small plane crashed into a wooded neighborhood five miles north of Chattanooga.

Nelson and Debbie McPherson and their 19- and 13-year-old daughters were coming to the city to visit relatives.

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