William Michael Felton, 20, Lucas Vincent Marcelli, 20, Abraham Pishevar, 18, and John Hill, 18, killed when small plane crashes after takeoff from Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights, Ohio

Modified Date: 
Mon, 11/02/2015 - 2:39pm
Accident Date: 
Monday, August 25, 2014

Family of student killed in plane crash sues frat, others

The attorney listed for the plane's owner and the T&G Flying Club didn't return calls. The suit says he should have known he was not skilled or capable of flying the plane safely. CLEVELAND, Ohio (AP) — The family of one of the four college students killed in the crash of a small plane last year is suing the plane's owner, the estate of the student pilot and a fraternity. The lawsuit also claims the flight club and its owner, Laurence Rohl, didn't inspect the plane properly or maintain it adequately before allowing Felten to fly it. A statement from the Indianapolis-based fraternity called the lawsuit "meritless" and says the flight was not connected to rush.

4 dead in plane crash near Cleveland

The patrol says the plane began its ascent, then crashed outside the airport and burst into flames. The occupants were trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene.

Four die in Willoughby Hills plane crash

The crash happened near the intersection of Bishop Road and Curtiss Wright Parkway, near the Lake County-Cuyahoga County border.

4 confirmed dead in plane crash at Cuyahoga County Airport in Willoughby Hills

Police confirm to WKYC a plane has crashed at the Cuyahoga County Airport, near the intersection of Bishop Road and Curtiss Wright Parkway.

Investigators: At least 3 plane crash victims were Case students

At least three of the four men killed late Monday night in a crash at the Cuyahoga County Airport were students at Case Western Reserve University, according to the State Highway Patrol.

Cuyahoga County Airport safety questions

Now, the runway is too short and in need of repair. With the help of millions of federal dollars, the county plans to extend the runway 500 feet and replace or re-surface it. In addition, the plan calls for upgrades to lighting, pavement markings and signage described as confusing.

St. Simons Island man among 4 dead in Ohio plane crash

A St. Simons Island man was among three members of the Case Western Reserve University School varsity wrestling team who died Monday in a fiery plane crash in Ohio that also killed the pilot.

Community mourns loss of Lucas Marcelli

Marcelli was dominant on the wrestling mat, winning numerous awards in high school before making headlines in college level at Case Western Reserve University.

Altitude issue reported before crash that killed 4

Federal officials say the pilot of a Cessna 172R carrying four Ohio college students radioed the tower after takeoff to say he was having problems climbing and would be returning to the airport.

Young pilot William Michael Felten reported problem before deadly Cuyahoga Co. Airport plane crash

Tyler Evans was driving down Bishop Road when he saw the crash. "It took off, it stalled, went up hooked and then it went down and crashed over here," he said.

First crash findings may come next week

They will review the plane's maintenance history, pilot William Felten's training and flight record, and questions surrounding possible excess weight and balance issues on the flight. A toxicology report on Felten will also be part of the process.

Vigil planned for Ohio plane crash victims

The T&G Flight Club will hold a vigil in a field near the Cuyahoga County Airport at 8:15 p.m. Sunday to remember the young men.

Vigil for Willoughby Hills plane crash victims organized by plane's owner

Records show Felten obtained his aviator's license in August 2013. Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed he rented the plane for four hours Monday night online from a private company. The plane, with tail number N4207P, comes back to T&G Flight Flying Club, which operates out of Burke Lakefront Airport and the Cuyahoga County Airport.

Flight club to hold vigil for 4 killed in crash

The T&G Flight Club will hold a candlelight vigil in a field near the Cuyahoga County Airport at 8:15 p.m. Sunday to remember the four young men killed when a plane they rented crashed after takeoff , the club’s Larry Rohl said.

Memorial held for Case Western students lost in plane crash

The memorial began at 8:15 p.m. at the site of the accident, near the intersection of Bishop Road and Curtiss Wright Parkway in Willoughby Hills.

Friends and family remember CWRU plane crash victims (photo gallery)

Harris said he didn't sleep for two nights after learning of the crash, which occurred not long after the plane started ascending at about 10 p.m.

Pilot In August Accident Was Attempting To Return To The Airport

The NTSB has released its preliminary report from an accident which occurred August 25th in Willoughby Hills, OH involving a rented Cessna 172R airplane with four people on board. All four were fatally injured in the accident.

Family of CWRU plane crash victim considers lawsuit against fraternity, flight club

It seeks a litany of documentation, including communication about and receipts of financial transactions for rush activities from the chapters of the fraternity, and records of the pilot, flight instructors and safety inspectors from the flight club.

Family files court request for answers in plane crash

In addition, the filing asks for documents related to fraternity hazing or recruitment and any social media comments among fraternity members about the crash. 

Was Ohio Plane Crash a College Frat Accident?

Relatives of a student who died in an Ohio plane crash are considering filing a wrongful death lawsuit over suspicion that the crash may have been a fraternity event gone wrong. 
Four people killed when their aircraft crashed and caught on fire just after takeoff Monday from the Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights.The occupants were trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene. It was not immediately known where the plane was headed. The names of those on board have not been released.
People Involved: 
William Michael Felton
Lucas Vincent Marcelli
Abraham Pishevar
John Hill

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