Case Western statement on fatal plane crash

CLEVELAND -- Shortly after news broke that victims of Monday night's plane crash were reportedly students at Case Western Reserve, the president of the university issued a statement.

President Barbara Snyder writes:

I write with profound sadness to inform you that we believe the four individuals killed in last night's local plane crash were undergraduates at our university. We are waiting for official confirmation of their identities by law enforcement, but the information we have secured to date provides us relative certainty. We have notified the parents of the young people involved, and representatives from University Counseling Services are working closely with their roommates and close friends. The counseling office will have walk-in hours all day today for those who wish to speak with someone about this tragedy.

We will provide additional updates as soon as possible. For now, please join me in extending our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of these students.

The four killed in the crash are:

  • Lucas Vincent Marcelli, 20, of Jackson Township.
  • The pilot, 20-year-old William Michael Felten of Saginaw, Michigan.
  • Abraham Pishevar, 18, of Rockville, Maryland.
  • John Hill, 18, of St. Simons, Georgia.

It was around 10 p.m. Monday when the 1999 Cessna Model 172R they were riding in crashed in Willoughby Hills shortly after takeoff from the Cuyahoga County Airport. Officials say the plane burst into flames upon impact, trapping all four men inside. Each was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities are currently investigating the cause of the crash.

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