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7 associates from Boca Raton-based firm among 9 believed dead in Ohio plane crash.

AKRON, Ohio — Seven of the nine people believed killed when a small business jet crashed into an apartment building were employees or executives in a Florida real-estate company, the firm confirmed Wednesday. Pebb Enterprises, a real estate developer based in Boca Raton, said on its website that two executives and five employees died Tuesday afternoon when the plane crashed and burst into flames. “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,” the website said. “We are shocked and deeply saddened for the families, colleagues and friends of those who perished.” Investigators are trying to determine what caused the jet to strike the Akron building with a huge bang, shaking furniture in homes several blocks away and leaving behind fiery debris. The Federal Aviation Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board and other state and local officials planned to hold a news conference around noon at the crash site. Authorities said no one aboard the 10-seat Hawker H25 jet survived on Tuesday afternoon, but they would not confirm the number of people on the plane.

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. The Summit County coroner on Wednesday sought the expertise of a forensics team from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, to help local officials at the site of the crash.

The company’s website describes it as “a full-service, vertically integrated private equity real estate investment company which specializes in the development, construction, acquisition, ownership and operation of commercial properties with an emphasis on high quality, neighborhood, regional and power shopping centers.

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