ERIE, Colo. - Officials with the National Transportation Safety Board are investigating a plane crash that killed five poeple in Erie. Meanwhile, the victims were identified by the coroner.
The pilot, Oliver Frascona, was a well-known real estate attorney. Frascona lived in Erie's Airpark neighborhood.
Also on board were Frascona's girlfriend, 41-year-old Tori Rains-Wedan, and her three children. Mason Wedan was 15 years old. His 11-year-old twin brothers, Austin and Hunter, were also killed.
The single-engine Piper PA 46 crashed near the Erie Municipal Airport, a few hundred yards northwest of the runway, according to the NTSB.
"It (the wreckage) will be transported today to a secure facility in Greeley Colorado where we will continue to investigate both the airframe and the engine," said Air Safety Investigator NTSB Courtney Leidler.
It appears the plane was attempting to land at the time of the crash, according to police.
While she said the aircraft was on approach, Leidler also said, "The landing gear was stowed at the time of the accident."
"He [Oliver] had become a very accomplished pilot in his airplane," neighbor Scott Deluise said. "I was very surprised that this happened. What's heartbreaking is his family was on board as well."
"There was dust, there was no smoke, there wasn't an explosion, there wasn't no fire, in fact, it was just eerily quiet," said witness Kate Sheppard. "The sound of the plane hitting the ground was really awful."