Employer of 7 victims killed in Akron plane crash releases statement

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AKRON, Ohio -- The company whose seven employees were killed in yesterday's plane crash in Akron has released a statement about the incident.

The real estate investment company is called Pebb Enterprises, and it is based in Florida.

"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. Our first priority is to give our fullest support to the family members and loved ones of our co-workers. We ask for the media’s understanding and cooperation at this time of unimaginable loss and mourning and are not responding to media requests at this time."

Meanwhile, federal and local investigators today are back at the scene of that crash that killed nine people Tuesday. A pilot and a co-pilot were on the plane with the seven Pebb employees.

The sister of Diane Smoot, one of the Pebb employees and crash victims, spoke with Fox 8 Wednesday morning and said the group on board the plane was on a business trip, visiting properties in several states this week.

Investigators, students sift through wreckage at the base of the plane crash site in Akron (Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

Investigators, students sift through wreckage at the base of the plane crash site in Akron (Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

The smoldering remnants of the plane were too hot for investigators to get close to yesterday. But the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Aviation Administration and the Summit County Medical Examiner will try to piece together the final moments of the flight today.

Investigators said a group of about 20, including students from the Mercyhurst University School of Anthropology, were sifting through the rubble and removing bodies from the wreckage.

Fox 8's Dave Nethers reported from that scene Tuesday morning. To watch that report, click below.

Authorities say the plane was for the most part still in tact, but there was a tremendous amount of fire damage.


The crash occurred at just before 3 p.m. Tuesday when the business jet crashed into an apartment building on Mogadore Road. The plane and building immediately burst into flames.

No one on the ground was hurt, but everyone on board the plane was killed.

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The plane had taken off from Dayton and was on approach to Akron-Fulton Airport when it went down. The airport is one of the smaller airports in the area with no control tower. The weather was also rainy, and the clouds were very low. Investigators don't know yet if that contributed to the crash.

So far, there is no word of any distress call as the plane approached for landing. Names and hometowns of the victims have not yet been released by officials.

Gov. John Kasich Tweeted his condolences Wednesday regarding the crash.

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