Plane 'Overweight' in 2014 Crash that Killed Four Case Students


  • Cessna 172
The plane that crashed in Willoughby Hills last year — killing four Case Western Reserve University students — was "overweight," according to a new report published this month by the National Transportation Safety Board and shared locally by the News-Herald

William Felten, 20, of Saginaw, Michigan; Lucas Marcelli, 20, of Massillon; Abraham Pishevar, 18, of Rockville, Maryland; and John Hill, 18, of St. Simons, Georgia, were trapped inside the aircraft (a 1999 Cessna Model 172R plane) when it crashed and burst into flame around 10 p.m. on Aug. 25, 2014.

From the report: "Witnesses who were with the pilot and passengers before the flight stated the pilot asked two of the passengers how much they weighed. One witness recalled that the passenger who would become the right front seat passenger stated he weighed 200 pounds. The witness stated the pilot performed some calculations in his head and indicated that he believed they would be below the weight limit for the airplane."

In the report, the weight issue isn't tied to the cause of the crash.

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