Fuel problems are being cited as a possible cause of a plane crash that killed Highland Park businessman Jeffrey Bronken and injured his daughter and her friend, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Katherine Bronken, 15, and her friend Keyana Linbo, were severely injured in the plane crash and remain hospitalized in a Florida hospital, according to the Chicago Tribune. The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.
A senior investigator with the National Transportation Safety Administration (NTSA) told the Chicago Tribune that Bronken reported he was having fuel problems prior to his Piper PA-28-181 hitting power lines and crashing at 4 a.m. on Saturday, March 22. Bronken reportedly died of blunt force trauma resulting from the crash.
The plane was 8 miles away from St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport when it crashed, according to authorities.
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Dennis Robaugh contributed to this report.