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ERIE — A well-known real estate lawyer was among five people who died Sunday in a small-plane crash near the Erie Municipal Airport.
Oliver Frascona, 67, who was piloting the plane, along with his girlfriend, Tori Rains-Wedan, and her three sons —15-year-old Mason Wedan and 11-year-old twins Austin and Hunter — were victims of the crash that occurred at approximately noon, according to the Weld County Coroner’s Office.
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The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating why the Piper PA-46 airplane crashed near the runway while landing.
The plane had taken off from Centennial Airport, according to the NTSB, and was trying to land at Erie, its final destination, when it went down.
Erie Police Cmdr. Lee Mathis told 9News that the six-passenger plane crashed a few hundred yards northwest of the runway. Mathis said a dog was also aboard the plane. The dog did not survive the crash.
The crash was reported by a driver passing by the airport at 11:50 a.m. Erie Police confirmed that two people were flown to hospitals from the scene. Officials confirmed that all five passengers had succumbed to their injuries at around 4:30 p.m.
Frascona trained real estate brokers on real estate law while Rains-Wedan owned a company that offers education classes to real estate agents, according to the Associated Press.
Boulder Valley School District spokesman Briggs Gamblin says counselors will be available at four Broomfield schools where the boys played sports and had friends, according to the AP.