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Pilot killed, two teens hurt in plane crash

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Dennis Martin saw and heard the impact of Jeff Bronken's single engine airplane crashing onto McMullen Booth Road in Pinellas County.

"I saw almost like fireworks going sideways. I looked out the door and all of a sudden ka boom. The loudest bang I've ever heard in my life," said Martin.

Martin said the power was off. So we went outside searching with a flash light.

"I saw the plane nose right there and there was a body right outside of it . There was no windshield, but you could see that there was another person in the plane. Then the sheriff's started coming," he said.

Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies said there were still two girls inside the plane, Bronken's 15-year-old daughter Katie and her friend, 15-year-old Keyana Linbo.

All three are from Round Lake, Illinois.

"Two paramedics grabbed a woman and put their arms under her armpit and pulled her right out," he said.

Deputies said 53-year-old Jeff died on scene.

Katie and Kenyan were taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa in serious condition.

Deputies said the plane left around 6:30 P.M. Friday from the Chicago area heading to the St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport.

Days before the trip, Keyana took to twitter posting "t-minus 24 hours equals paradise."

Katie posted hours before the crash they had just landed in Nashville.

"We're still looking into the cause its a very in-depth investigation especially with the loss of life so we want to make sure we are very thorough for the family and friends," said Sgt. David DiSano with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The plane hit some power lines, before it crashed.

It left nearby residents like Al Barrett without power.

"It was a huge explosion so I thought it was a lighting strike at first," he said.

The plane landed across from his front door.

"Those two that survived- it's a miracle that they even survived that crash. All you can do is just hope," he said.

The FAA and NTSB are both investigating the cause of the crash.

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