Victims in Ohio Plane Collision ID'd

Authorities have released the names of all three people who died when two small aircraft collided.


SHARONVILLE, Ohio --

Authorities have released the names of all three people who died when two small aircraft collided, as investigators on Saturday probed the crash.

David Woeste Jr., 31, and Edward L. Hitchens, 65, both of Cincinnati, were aboard a Cessna 172, the State Highway Patrol said Saturday. It was not clear who was piloting the aircraft, the patrol said.

The pilot of the other plane, a Beechcraft Bonanza, was identified Friday as Niels Harpsoe, 64, of suburban West Chester.

The planes collided Friday afternoon over a suburb of Cincinnati. Debris damaged vehicles and a house, but no injuries were reported on the ground.

The Federal Aviation Administration had no information Saturday about the pilots' flight plans or why the aircraft were so close. The planes' pilots were not required to file flight plans and apparently were not in contact with air traffic controllers, the FAA said.

A message seeking comment was left Saturday with the National Transportation Safety Board.


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