A pilot was killed when a twin-engine plane crashed in a wooded area shortly after takeoff, authorities said.
The pilot, Stephen P Hodges, 57, of South Carolina, was the only person aboard when the plane went down on Sunday just north of Fort Pierce, St Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara said in a news release.
The plane, which was destroyed beyond recognition, had flown to St Lucie International Airport from the Bahamas earlier on Sunday.
The plane landed and passengers left the plane before the pilot took off again, Mascara said.
Witnesses reported that the plane took off into dark skies, experienced engine trouble and crashed with only one of the plane's two engines still operating.
Hodges was en route to Tenneseesse, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Kathleen Bergen.
The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration were sending investigators to the scene.