JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ The bodies of the former executive director of the Republican Party of Florida and three others were pulled from the wreckage Thursday of a single-engine plane, officials said.

The Piper Cherokee crashed Wednesday in a wooded, swampy area near Jacksonville International Airport. The plane went down after it was diverted to Jacksonville from Craig Municipal Airport, about 15 miles away, because of heavy fog.

Donald Weidner, who served as executive director of the Republican Party of Florida in 1979, unsuccessfully ran against U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown in 1992.