(AKRON, Ohio) — Nine people have been confirmed dead after the plane they were flying in crashed into a home in Akron, Ohio, on Tuesday.
The company that rented the small jet plane, Florida-based real estate company Pebb Enterprises, confirmed seven of the fatalities Wednesday morning, all of whom were their employees. The Ohio State Highway Patrol later confirmed that the other two fatalities were the pilot and co-pilot.
While they did not release the identities of the victims, the statement released by the company notes that the victims were “two principals and five employees of Pebb Enterprises.”
“We are shocked and deeply saddened for the families, colleagues and friends of those who perished,” the company said in its statement. “Our first priority is to give our fullest support to the family members and loved ones of our co-workers.”
Staff Lt. Bill Haymaker said at a news conference Wednesday that officials have made contact with the families of the individuals on board but they are not releasing the names of the dead.
Tuesday night and earlier Wednesday morning, authorities had only been able to confirm two deaths but were aware that there could be more as the plane, a Hawker 125-700, could hold up to 10 people.
Even though local investigators responding to the scene said the plane hit a home on the ground, the only casualties were the people on board the plane since no one was inside the home at the time of the Tuesday afternoon crash, authorities said.
The National Transportation Safety Board has launched a go team to Akron to investigate the crash and they are expected to give an update this afternoon.
A federal source told ABC News on Tuesday that the cause of the crash “appears to be mechanical.”
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