Report: Plane Likely Overweight in Crash That Killed 4

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NTSB: Plane likely overweight in crash that killed 4 Case Western students.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A plane that crashed in northeast Ohio last year, killing the college student at the controls and three of his classmates, was likely overweight, according to a report released this month by a federal investigative agency. The National Transportation Safety Board said the plane was likely overloaded by at least 90 pounds when it crashed on the night of Aug. 25, 2014, in Willoughby Hills. The factual report, which updated a preliminary report released shortly after the crash, was released on Nov. 17 and first reported by The Detroit News. Pilot William Michael Felten, 20, of Saginaw, Michigan; and passengers Abraham Pishevar II, 18, of Rockville, Maryland; Lucas Vincent Marcelli, 20, of Massillon, and John Hill, 18, of St. Last month, Pishevar’s parents filed a lawsuit seeking wrongful death and survival damages from Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, T&G Flying Club and the pilot’s estate.

The report also included highly detailed and technical information about the condition of the engine, propeller and other airplane equipment, concluding that “there were no anomalies” that would have prevented the plane from operating normally. In October, Pishevar’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a Case Western Reserve University fraternity, the plane’s owner, the deceased pilot’s estate and the company that rented the plane.

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