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Saturday, Jul 23, 2016

Teenager in Clearwater plane crash dies

One of the teenagers in a Clearwater plane crash on Saturday that killed the pilot has died, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Katherine Bronken, 15, died this afternoon from her injuries, deputies said.

Katherine and her father, Jeffrey Bronken, 53, were on an overnight spring break trip with her friend, Keyana Linbo, 15, from Chicago to Clearwater early Saturday when Jeffrey Bronken reported some kind of fuel-related problem to air traffic controllers.

Shortly after that, the single-engine Piper PA-28 nose-dived into a median on McMullen Booth Road near Union Street, about seven miles north of St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport, investigators say.

Bronken died at the scene. Keyana remains hospitalized, deputies said.

The three are from Round Lake, Ill.