CUYAHOGA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Four people were killed when a small plane crashed just past the runway at the Cuyahoga County Airport in Richmond Heights Monday night.
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the victims have been identified as William Felten, of Saginaw, MI. The 20-year-old was piloting the 1999 Cessna model 172R and had his temporary pilot license for a year and regular license for a month.
Felten's passengers included Lucas Marcelli, 20, of Massillon, OH, along with Abraham Pishevar, 18, of Rockville, MD, and John Hill, 18, of Saint Simmons, GA.
The men were Case Western Reserve University students who rented the plane, but officials say they did not file a flight plan.
Felten was a member of the ZBT fraternity and active in Greek Life on campus.
Marcelli was a bio-chemistry and pre-medicine major at Case. He worked at the Allen Memorial Medical Library at CWRU. Marcelli was also a member of the ZBT fraternity. He graduated from Jackson High School in 2013.
Pishevar was a member of the university's varsity wrestling team. He went to Georgetown Preparatory School in Rockville, MD. He also was a high school wrestler and football player.
Hill, a first-year student at Case, was also a varsity member 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, Case wrestling coach.
The start of a new semester usually creates a high-energy atmosphere, but not at Case.
"Today is a somber day on campus. We're going to try and come out in full support for the victims and their families," said Gage Blair, a Case student.
The university is providing counselors for roommates and friends.
University President Barbara Snyder spoke with the families of the men on Tuesday morning.
"This is a tragedy of immense proportion for us here at Case Western Reserve University. We ache for the parents of these young men," said Louis Stark, vice president of student affairs at Case.
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