Plane in deadly crash belonged to T & G Flying Club flight school; pilot issued license in 2013

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio - NewsChannel5 Investigators have obtained new details about about the deadly plane crash that killed four Case Western Reserve University students Monday night.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration's website, the pilot of the plane was issued his private pilot's license a little more than one year ago.

However, FAA officials were unable to provide us with any information about how many hours William Felten, 20, has flown since his license was issued Aug. 8, 2013.

Felten has been medically certified to pilot a plane since 2011.

NewsChannel5 Investigators also uncovered information related to the Cessna 172 Felten was flying last night.

The plane is registered to Laurence Rohl, the owner of T&G Flying Club. It has locations at Burke Lakefront Airport and the Cuyahoga County Airport.

Rohl released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

On behalf of everyone in the T&G Flying Club family, I want to extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of the four young men who were lost in this tragedy. William Felten was a pilot who brought joy to our flight school and he will be sincerely missed. At T&G, we pride ourselves on our dedication to safety, and I am truly heartbroken over this accident. We are working hard with authorities to find out what caused this terrible tragedy and our prayers are with their families.

We will be holding a candlelight memorial for those in the T&G Flying Club community to mourn the loss of these young men, which will be open to the public. Details will be coming soon.

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According to the club's website, fliers can rent the Cessna 172 (N-number 4207P) for $120 an hour.

We spoke with Trey Buttriss, a former flying instructor at T&G Flying Club. He said he has flown the plane that crashed and does not recall it having any history of accidents or maintenance issues.

He said the Cessna 172 is the "plane of choice" for student pilots. He said described the model as "easy to land" and "forgiving."

Felten is from Saginaw, Michigan. His passengers were  20-year-old Lucas Vincent Marcelli of Massillon , 18-year-old Abraham Pishevar of Rockville, Maryland and 18-year-old John Hill of St. Simons, Georgia. 

Counseling services were being made available to CWRU students.

Louis Stark, vice president for Student Affairs at Case Western Reserve University said university officials are letting students know they are willing to help them.

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