Report: Plane likely overweight in crash that killed 4 Case students

The NTSB ruled that a plane was likely overweight when it crashed in Cuyahoga County killing four Case Western Reserve students.

CLEVELAND (AP) – A federal investigative agency says the plane that crashed in northeast Ohio last year, killing four college students, was likely overweight.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the plane was likely overloaded by at least 90 pounds when it crashed in August 2014 in Willoughby Hills. The agency says the plane’s center of gravity may have also been farther to the rear than the plane’s limits.

The Detroit News reports the agency issued the report on Nov. 17.

The report says the pilot said he wasn’t climbing fast enough and began to return. The plane crashed outside the fence line of the Cuyahoga County Airport when the plane started to turn.

Four Case Western Reserve University students were killed. The men were planning to take a sightseeing trip.

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