NTSB examination of students’ plane could take days


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WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio -- It could take days for National Transportation Safety Board investigators to finish examining the wreckage of a plane crash that killed four Case Western Reserve University students.

It will take even longer for a final report to be completed, but an investigator released some  information about the final moments the plane was in the air.

A senior air safety investigator said the pilot, William Michael Felten,19, of Saginaw, Michigan, experienced some trouble climbing and requested to turn back.

He was attempting to do that by making a left turn when the plane went down in Willoughby Hills Monday around 10 p.m. on Bishop Road near the Cuyahoga County Airport.

Felten perished as well as his passengers: Lucas Marcelli, 20, of Massillon, Ohio; Abraham Pishevar, 18, of Rockville, Maryland; and John Hill, 18, of St. Simons, Georgia.

NTSB instigators spent Tuesday examining what was left of the Cessna.  It was then moved to a hangar where it will be more thoroughly examined.

The pilot had his license for a year but investigators are still looking into exactly how many flight hours and how much experience he had.

Meantime, on the Case campus, students and professors, teammates and fraternity brothers are mourning the loss of those four young men.

All but Fenten were wrestlers at Case.  Fenten and Marcelli were fraternity brothers.

Click here to read more on the Case Western Reserve University students killed in the plane crash.

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