The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office released the names of the 10 people who were killed Sunday when a twin engine plane crashed into a hangar at Addison Municipal Airport.
The crash occurred at 9:11 a.m. shortly after the plane took off from the airport, killing everyone on board.
Among those in the plane were Plano residents Steve and Gina Thelen, Dylan and Alice Maritato, their mother and stepfather Ornella and Brian Ellard and pilot Howard Cassady. Also on the plane were John and Mary Titus and co-pilot Matthew Palmer.
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.
"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."
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.
Tuesday, NTSB officials provided updates on what they learned in the early stages of the investigation, including the discovery of possible engine problems upon takeoff.
“Crew comment consistent with confusion occurred about 12 seconds before the end of the recording,” said Bruce Landsberg, vice president of NTSB. “Crew comment regarding a problem with the left engine occurred about eight seconds before the end of the recording.”
Jennifer Rodi, an investigator for NTSB, told reporters 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.
The NTSB will continue to investigate by using multiple videos from different angles.
Rodi said investigators will examine the engine and determine if the damage is related to the crash or from an engine problem.