Early Tuesday morning, a small Cessna 310 aircraft, piloted by Dr. Bruce Kennedy, husband of International Speedway Corporation president, Lesa France Kennedy, crashed into a residential neighborhood in Sanford, Florida killing five and leaving several others injured.
According to CNN, the plane which carried Kennedy and passenger, Michael Klemm, a senior captain with NASCAR Aviation, had taken off from Daytona Beach, sight of last Saturday's Pepsi 400 and was headed to Lakeland when it declared an emergency with smoke in the cockpit and attempted to land at Orlando-Sanford International Airport. The plane went down about five miles from the airport in a neighborhood called The Preserve at Lake Monroe.
NASCAR released the following statement regarding the incident.
"This morning, at approximately 8:40 a.m. Eastern Time, a Cessna 310 registered to Competitor Liaison Bureau Inc. of Daytona Beach, crashed in a Sanford, Florida, area neighborhood. At this time, we can confirm there were two people on-board, including the pilot, Dr. Bruce Kennedy and Michael Klemm, a senior captain with NASCAR Aviation. Both were killed in the crash.
"Dr. Kennedy was the husband of NASCAR Board Member and ISC President Lesa France Kennedy.
"It is clear that numerous families were affected by this terrible tragedy and unfortunately several people were deceased or seriously injured. Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with all of those who were involved in this tragic accident and their families. We will provide additional information as it becomes available."
International Speedway Corporation also released a statement.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in the plane crash that occurred this morning in Sanford, Florida. We are deeply saddened by the loss of Dr. Bruce Kennedy, and others that have been lost or injured in this tragic accident. We ask that you respect the privacy of the Kennedy and France families while they deal with this terrible loss."
Kennedy's death came just five weeks after the death of Lesa's father and NASCAR innovator, Bill France Jr. Our condolences and sympathies go out to the France family.