Small plane crash near Tampa kills 3

July 18, 2008 7:39:23 AM PDT
Authorities say a woman who died in a small plane crash east of Tampa was a cancer patient being flown home from treatment at an area hospital. The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office says 49-year-old Patricia Snyder of Stuart was being flown by the Angel Flight charity organization when the plane crashed Thursday afternoon.

Also killed in the crash was the volunteer pilot, 81-year-old Harlan Northcott, and another passenger, 15-year-old Tyler McLellan of Stuart.

Authorities say the Beechcraft Bonanza may have hit a tower after taking off and crashed about 100 feet off the runway. The plane was in flames when rescue crews arrived.