Rescue workers try to reach wreckage of crash that killed four South Florida residents


Recovery crews will try again on Sunday to reach the wreckage of a Cessna 340 that crashed Thursday with four South Florida residents onboard headed to Virginia.

Killed in the crash were Theodore and Mary Bradshaw, 48, of Cooper City; and Mary Bradshaw’s sister, Diane Rodd, 58, and her husband, Charles, 64, of Boynton Beach.

All were headed to a family wedding.

Theodore Bradshaw, 61, the pilot, was a 33-year veteran of the Sunrise Fire Department. He retired in 2005.

The plane took off from Fort Lauderdale and crashed into the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia.

Four hours after takeoff, the plane fell off the radar and never arrived at the airport.

It wasn’t until Friday when the wreckage was found in a swampy, hard to reach area.

Sunrise Fire-Rescue said in a statement; “Bradshaw was known for his spirited personality, intense mentorship and his dedication to serve the community he called home for more than 40 years.”

Flags were lowered to half-staff Saturday in honor of Bradshaw.

The cause of crash is still under investigation.

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