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
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.
Police confirm to WKYC a plane has crashed at the Cuyahoga County Airport, near the intersection of Bishop Road and Curtiss Wright Parkway.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In addition, the filing asks for documents related to fraternity hazing or recruitment and any social media comments among fraternity members about the crash.
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.
William Michael Felton
Lucas Vincent Marcelli
City:Richmond Heights, OH
County:Cuyahoga County, OH