Small plane from Chicago crashes in Florida

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A small plane belonging to a Highland Park company crashed in Florida, killing the pilot and injuring two teens.

The single-engine plane crashed into a tollway in Clearwater at 4:00 a.m. Saturday, after taking off from Chicago Friday evening.  When it went down, the plane knocked down power lines and sparked several small fires.

The pilot, Jeffrey Bronken of Round Lake, died. Two 15-year-old girls, including Bonken’s daughter Katie, are hospitalized in Tampa.

The three were headed to Florida for spring break.

A local TV station reports the single engine plane is registered to a glass company.

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