Sister of plane crash victim says people on board worked for Boca Raton real estate company

Sister of plane crash victim says people on board worked for Boca Raton real estate company

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."

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