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Colorado Pilot, His Girlfriend And Her Three Children Killed In A Plane Crash

September 1, 2014 - On Sunday a 1994 Piper Malibu Mirage, PA 46-350P (N228LL) crashed while attempting to land at the Erie Municipal Airport, Colorado killing all five onboard.

The Piper had departed the airport earlier in the morning, flew up to Centennial Airport and then was returning back to Erie Municipal Airport when it developed what witnesses heard sounded like engine problems "sputtering."

At about 11:50 AM, local time, the Piper crashed upside-down into a grassy field a few hundred yards northwest of the runway. Some of the onboard passengers had been ejected from the aircraft.

The pilot and owner of the aircraft has been identified as Oliver Frascona. A real estate lawyer that lives adjacent to the airport in subdivision called Erie Airpark which was designed as a residential area for homeowners with private airplanes.

Onboard the aircraft was Frascona, his girlfriend 41 year-old Tori Rains-Wedan and her three children 15 year-old Mason Wedan and 11 year-old twins Austin and Hunter Wedan. Aalso onboard was the family dog.

At the crash site, three of the victims were pronounced dead, one injured passenger was transported to a hospital in Denver by air, and a second injured passenger was transferred to a hospital in Lafayette by ground. Later in the day both passengers died.

Witnesses reported that Piper PA-46 was approaching the airport while another plane was departing and that the two planes crossed each other's paths, and Frascona then aborted the landing before the plane appeared to stall.


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