A small business jet crashed in Akron, Ohio, claiming nine lives on Tuesday. Everyone on board the jet died in the blazing crash, which involved the aircraft careening into an apartment building. Seven of the people who died were employees from a Florida-based real-estate firm.
Casualties Limited to Those on Board the Jet
According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the plane was carrying seven passengers and two jet pilots. The 10-seater business jet hit utility wires and crash landed into an apartment building. The collision sparked a fire that quickly engulfed the building in flames. Fortunately, no one was in the apartment building at the time of the incident; deaths and injuries were limited to the passengers and pilots on board the aircraft.
According to Pebb Enterprises, the real estate firm that employed the people on board the aircraft, two of its executives and five of its employees lost their lives in the catastrophe. The company posted a notice on its website that read, "Our hearts are broken this morning with the news of the tragic accident that took the lives of two principals and five employees of Pebb Enterprises ... We are shocked and deeply saddened for the families, colleagues and friends of those who perished."
Sister: Victim Was Eager to Go on the Business Trip
According to Jeannie Ferraia, whose sister died in the accident, the real estate firm employees on the aircraft were planning to investigate potential real estate investments on the business trip. She said that her sister was excited to be a part of the trip because it was the first time she would travel with the executives from her company. "The tragic thing is the plane had all the executives for the company on it. I don't know if there were any left in the office," Ferraia said.
Investigators are currently trying to ascertain why the crash occurred. The results of their investigations will no doubt help family members obtain some sense of closure regarding this airplane crash. Evidence gathered may also be valuable to family members who wish to pursue wrongful death claims relating to the tragedy.
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