Archer Girl, Mom Killed in Plane Crash
A seven year-old Archer girl and her mother died Friday night after their plane crashed in Zephyrhills, Florida.
They were headed from Gainesville to Lakeland when the pilot declared an emergency about 20 miles north of their destination.
Air traffic controllers redirected the plane to a Zephryhills airport, but officials say it went down three miles away. The bodies of Cami Copeland and her mother Tina, along with pilot Thomas Long, were identified last night. Tina and Long flew to Gainesville to pick up Cami for the weekend. Cami's father lives in Archer. He says he didn't see this coming.
"It's tough, I mean life goes on and I know she's in a better place. She's with Jesus and he's holding her and I'll see her again," says Cami's father Matt Copeland.
Cami was a student at Archer Community School. There will be grief counselors at the school for her classmates Monday.
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