4 col­lege stu­dents killed in Ohio plane crash

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

CLEVE­LAND (AP) — The four men killed in a fiery plane crash in Ohio were stu­dents at Case Western Re­serve Univer­sity in Cleve­land, in­clud­ing three mem­bers of the var­sity wrestling team, school of­fi­cials said Tues­day.

The three wrestlers were iden­ti­fied as 20-year-old Lu­cas Mar­celli of Mas­sil­lon, Ohio, 18-year-old Abra­ham Pi­she­var of Rockville, Mary­land, and 18-year-old John Hill of St. Si­mons, Ge­or­gia. The 20-year-old pilot, Wil­liam Fel­ten of Sag­i­naw, Michi­gan, also was killed.

Univer­sity of­fi­cials said Fel­ten and Mar­celli were sec­ond-year stu­dents, while Hill and Pi­she­var were fresh­men.

Mar­celli grad­u­ated from Jack­son High School in Mas­sil­lon and twice qual­i­fied for Ohio’s state wrestling tour­na­ment.

The plane crashed out­side the air­port and then ex­ploded shortly af­ter take­off from Cuya­hoga County Re­gional Air­port in subur­ban Cleve­land about 10 p.m. Mon­day. The four men were trapped in­side the wreck­age.

The Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion and the Na­tional Trans­porta­tion Safety Board will be in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash.

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