According to NTSB investigators, the plane never got very far off the ground Monday night. In fact, it crashed only about 50 yards off Cuyahoga County Airport property in Richmond Heights.
Four Case Western Reserve University students were killed when the small plane went down.
Felten's passengers included Lucas Marcelli, 20, of Massillon, OH, along with Abraham Pishevar, 18, of Rockville, MD and John Hill, 18, of Saint Simons, GA.
Felten and Marcelli were second-year students, while this was Hill and Pishnevar's first year. Three of the four -- Marcelli, Pishevar and Hill -- were also members of the wrestling team.
"They're all hard-working. They're good students. They're respectful. They're a joy to coach," said Mark Hawald, wrestling coach at Case.
"We are truly heartbroken about these promising lives cut short," CWRU President Barbara Snyder said, "and feel profound sympathy for their loved ones and friends."
Willoughby Fire was among the first departments to get a call about the crash around 10:20 p.m.
The plane, which was rented, was engulfed in flames when they arrived at the intersection of Bishop Road and Curtiss Wright Parkway.
Officials say a flight plan was never filed, but that is not uncommon.
Upon hearing the news, Snyder released the following statement...
To the Case Western Reserve Community:
Counseling and student affairs staff are working closely with the undergraduates' roommates and friends to provide support and guidance. The University Counseling office is accepting walk-ins all day.
A vigil was held outside of the Zeta Beta Tau house on the campus Tuesday night.
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