RICHMOND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - Although it is quiet at the Cuyahoga County airport Wednesday, there is a lot is going on behind the scenes to investigate the fatal plane crash that took the lives of four Case Western Reserve University students Monday night.
At the crash scene Wednesday, only a gouge in the ground and tiny bits of the plane remain.
The main fuselage was photographed, measurements were taken and now it has been moved to what the NTSB calls a secure hangar at the airport.
Investigators will comb every bit of it for clues, valves, gauges, engine function. The National Transportation Safety Board will have no further comment on the investigation until a report is issued. That report is expected some time next week.
The FAA has gotten copies of the conversations between the airport control tower and the plane in the minutes leading up to the crash.
19 Action News has already learned that the pilot, William Felten, of Saginaw, MI, reported problems gaining altitude and asked for permission to return to the airport. He began to turn back and never made it.
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.
Laurence Rohl, owner of T&G Flying Club,issued the following statement:
"On behalf of everyone in the T&G Flying Club family, I want to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the four young men who were lost in this tragedy. William Felten was a pilot who brought joy to our flight school and he will be sincerely missed. At T&G, we pride ourselves on our dedication to safety, and I am truly heartbroken over this accident. We are working hard with authorities to find out what caused this terrible tragedy and our prayers are with their families.
We will be holding a candlelight memorial for those in the T&G Flying Club community to mourn the loss of these young men, which will be open to the public. Details will be coming soon."