UPDATE: NTSB Issues Report in Ohio Crash That Killed 4

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 9/2/2014 2:50 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) - A National Transportation Safety Board report says the pilot of a small plane was trying to return to a suburban Cleveland airport last week when the aircraft plummeted to the ground, killing all four college students aboard.

The preliminary report says the pilot told the controller he was not climbing fast and asked for permission to make a left turn. The controller says the plane appears to have crashed after the pilot began turning. The aircraft struck the ground and crashed through a fence before it came to rest about 1,000 feet past the end of the 5,100-foot runway.

An NTSB spokesman declined to comment Monday.

The four men were students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. They planned a nighttime sightseeing trip after their first day of classes.

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UPDATE 8/29/2014 11:40 AM

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio (AP) - The flight club that rented the plane that crashed after takeoff this week plans a candlelight vigil for the four college students who died.

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. That's according to the flight club's Larry Rohl.

The field is near the site of the crash that killed the pilot, 20-year-old William Felten of Saginaw, Michigan, along with passengers 20-year-old Lucas Marcelli of Massillon, Ohio; 18-year-old Abraham Pishevar of Rockville, Maryland; and 18-year-old John Hill of St. Simons, Georgia.

The Cessna model 172R plane ran into trouble ascending after takeoff about 10 p.m. Monday.

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CLEVELAND (AP) - The Ohio State Highway Patrol says a plane that crashed in suburban Cleveland killing four college students was rented for four hours.

The plane had been rented by the pilot, 20-year-old William Felten of Saginaw, Michigan. The patrol spokesman says no flight plan was filed.

Felten, along with 20-year-old Lucas Marcelli of Massillon, Ohio, 18-year-old Abraham Pishevar of Rockville, Maryland, and 18-year-old John Hill of St. Simons, Georgia, were students at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. Marcelli, Pishevar and Hill were members of the university's varsity wrestling team.

The plane crashed and then exploded shortly after takeoff from Cuyahoga County Regional Airport about 10 p.m. Monday. The four men were trapped inside the wreckage.

Monday marked the first day of classes at Case Western Reserve University.

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