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Investigators say time is needed to ID victims and cause of plane crash
3 p.m press conference will provide further updates
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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The plane hit a duplex shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday; no one was at home at the time.
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Authorities say it will take time to recover and identify the nine bodies from a crash of a corporate jet into a duplex in East Akron Tuesday.

A Florida real estate firm, Pebb Enterprises, says the seven passengers killed when the Hawker H25 crashed were all its employees. The company owns a strip mall in Akron.

Here's a statement from the company: “Our hearts are broken this morning with the news of the tragic accident that took the lives of two principals and five employees of Pebb Enterprises,” the company posted on its website. “We are shocked and deeply saddened for the families, colleagues and friends of those who perished. Our first priority is to give our fullest support to the family members and loved ones of our co-workers. We ask for the media’s understanding and cooperation at this time of unimaginable loss and mourning and are not responding to media requests at this time.”

Also dead are the pilot and copilot. 

Investigators, including those with the FAA, National Transportation Safety Board and Summit County Medical Examiner, are at the scene near Mogadore and Skelton roads. A press conference is set for 3 this afternoon to provide further updates.

 
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