The Latest: Dad talks about daughter who died in crash

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Posted: Oct 14, 2015 12:00 PM
The Latest: Dad talks about daughter who died in crash

PALM SPRINGS, Fla. (AP) — The latest on a small plane that crashed into a mobile home park near West Palm Beach (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

A Florida man says he was outside when a small plane crashed into his mobile home.

Domingo Galicia says he immediately started screaming Tuesday night for his 21-year-old daughter Banny, who was inside the home and presumed dead.

"It was like a bomb," Galicia told reporters Wednesday morning.

While he says no one has officially confirmed that his daughter is dead, he has no hope that she survived the crash.

Twenty-one-year-old Stephanie Martin said Banny Galicia was her best friend and they'd known each other since middle school.

She was a student at Palm Beach State College, was active in her church and enjoyed listening to Christian music.

Investigators confirmed one woman on the ground and the pilot was killed. The plane struck Galicia's home and fire spread to a nearby home.

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11:20 a.m.

An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board says two people were killed when a small plane crashed into a mobile home park in Florida.

Dan Boggs of the NTSB says one of the deaths was the pilot and the other was someone killed on the ground. Boggs says they don't believe there were any passengers on the plane.

The plane went down about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday into a mobile home park of a few dozen homes. Boggs says it's fortunate that the crash was not worse.

Domingo Galicia says his trailer was one of the ones engulfed in flames and his 21-year-old daughter was killed inside the home.

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10 a.m.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it will update the media on its investigation of a small plane that crashed into two homes at a mobile home park near West Palm Beach.

Daniel Boggs, the NTSB's investigator-in-charge, plans a briefing at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Mar-Mak Colony Club in Palm Springs. It's still unclear how many people died when the plane crashed around 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Fire officials say one home was completely engulfed in flames and that there were "an unknown number of victims." An AP reporter on the scene saw workers loading two stretchers into a while van. Each stretcher appeared to hold a covered body.

Witnesses say the crash caused an explosion and plumes of smoke shot into the sky.