AKRON, Ohio - A woman at the scene of the Akron plane crash that left nine people dead told WEWS-TV in Cleveland that her sister was on the flight.
Jeannie Ferrara said her sister Diane Smoot died in the Tuesday afternoon crash.
"I texted her after I saw the news report and she didn't reply," said Ferrara.
Smoot was an executive for Pebb Enterprises, a real estate investment company based out of Boca Raton, Fla.
She was the mother of 21-year-old twins, a son and daughter. Her son was stationed in Guam. Authorities are trying to figure out how to get her home.
The flight went down around 3 p.m., crashing into an apartment near Mogadore Road and Skelton Road, causing the building and an adjacent building to catch fire.
The plane's owner, Augusto "Danny" Lewkowicz, told WEWS-TV that nine people were on board the 10-passenger plane. Ohio State Highway Patrol officials said there were no survivors.
"We're completely at a loss for words," Lewkowicz said. "We are very confident that they're a very good crew and (it's) a very good airplane. It's just shocking to us as it is to anyone else."