Four people from Plano are among the 10 that were killed Sunday when a twin engine plane crashed into a hangar at Addison Municipal Airport.
According to various reports John Paul II High School in Plano sent letters out Monday informing families that student Alice Maritato, who was a student at John Paul II, and her brother Dylan Maritato, who was a student at All Saints Catholic School in Dallas, were among the victims of the crash, along with their mother and stepfather Ornella and Brian Ellard. There were eight passengers and two crew members on board, and no one survived.
Others whose names have been released are Steve and Gina Thelen and Matthew Palmer.
"As a community, we are saddened at the tragic loss of all who perished in the crash and offer special prayers for their families," Bishop Edward J. Burns of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas said in a statement. "Please join me in praying God will bring strength, grace, and peace to their family members and all those who loved them."
The crash occurred at 9:11 a.m. shortly after the plane took off from the airport. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) officials arrived on the scene that day. They said the plane was supposed to be flying to St. Petersburg, Florida.
Jennifer Rodi, an investigator for NTSB, told reporters Sunday that an NTSB team is examining several things surrounding the crash, including the flight crew and their experience, as well as the plane itself – how it was maintained and its maintenance history. Weather conditions at the time of the crash will also be investigated.
Officials said no one was in the hangar at the time of the crash.