Machine gun theme park co-founder dies in plane crash

By Matt Sedensky, Associated Press
Last Updated: Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 2:34 PM EDT

The pilot who died after his small plane crashed into a South Florida mobile home park and set two homes on fire Tuesday has been identified as Dan Shalloway, a Florida engineer and co-founder of the Machine Gun America attraction in Kissimmee.

A 21-year-old woman inside one of the mobile homes was also killed.

Machine Gun America said Dan Shalloway was flying the plane when it plunged from the sky about 5:30 p.m. into a park of a few dozen mobile homes.

Domingo Galicia said his trailer was engulfed in flames and his daughter, 21-year-old Banny Galicia, was inside and killed. He said he was outside at the time and heard the plane but never saw it. He said he was blocked by flames when he went to open the door to the home. No one else was aboard the plane and no one else on the ground was injured

Machine Gun America released the following statement Wednesday:

Everyone at Machine Gun America is deeply saddened by the tragic events of yesterday that took the life of our co-founder Dan Shalloway. Dan loved to fly, was an engineer by trade, actively involved in politics and passionate about his community.  Our utmost sympathy is expressed for his wife Lisa, his daughter Gina, and his son Erik; and the family of Banny Galicia, who also lost her life yesterday. All of us at Machine Gun America will deeply miss Dan.

National Transportation Safety Board investigators said it was too soon to speculate on what caused the plane to go down at the Mar-Mak Colony Club, a park a few dozen homes where many of the residents speak only Spanish. The park is dotted with palm trees and bordered by a drive-in movie theater, a wooded area and strip malls catering to Spanish-speaking residents.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Capt. Albert Borroto said 911 callers reported a low-flying aircraft and first responders arrived at the crash site to find thick smoke rising in the air.

The Red Cross had been called to assist two families, authorities said.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.