AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The number of plane crash victims identified by grief-stricken families rose to eight Thursday as recovery teams in Akron began the process of removing the wreckage.
The FAA says the 1979 Hawker H25 twin-engine business jet left Dayton and was on approach to Akron Fulton International Airport when it crashed Tuesday killing all nine on board. In addition to the pilot and co-pilot, it was carrying seven associates from a Florida real estate company.
Passenger Diane Smoot's sister Jeannie Ferrara told us the mother of two was excited because it was Smoot's first trip she made with the executives.
Another passenger executive Thomas Virgin, recently had a baby girl.
A business partner says Ian Weiner and his brother Jared Weiner were reportedly also on the doomed flight.
Ori Rom was a managing principal at Pebb Enterprises.
Diana Suriel was a project manager assistant. Condolences fill her Facebook page.
Nick Weaver also worked for Pebb Enterprises. Family and friends are offering their condolences on his wife's Facebook page.
Investigators have yet to officially release the names of all nine victims.