Investigators work to identify victims of Akron plane crash

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AKRON, Ohio-- Investigators are now piecing together what happened to a small jet that crashed into an Akron apartment building Tuesday afternoon.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said a 10-passenger Hawker 700 hit a four-unit apartment building just before 3 p.m. The plane, which was owned by ExecuFlight, flew out of Wright Brothers Airport in Dayon and was on approach to Akron Fulton Airport.

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The highway patrol said a pilot, co-pilot and seven passengers were on board, and there were no survivors. The families have been notified.

Most of the victims were from Florida, including employees from Pebb Enterprises.

No one on the ground was injured.

The recovery process will take time and the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office is being assisted by 22 applied forensic science students from Mercyhurst University. Family members of the victims should call 330-535-6131 to provide additional information to the medical examiner to make proper identifications.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of this crash and ask the community to join us in remembering them in our thoughts and prayers. We also want to acknowledge the trauma and loss experienced by our local residents whose homes were affected and those who witnessed this terrible event," Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco said.

The crash destroyed one apartment building and caused damage to two others. According to the highway patrol, up to 12 families were displaced and the Red Cross is helping them.

The Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board is now in charge of the investigation.

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