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Plane crashes into Ohio apartment building; 9 dead

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) - AKRON, Ohio (AP) - The latest on the deadly crash of a small plane into an Ohio apartment building (all times local):
    
9:15 a.m.
    
Family members say a Florida real estate executive was among the nine people believed dead after a small jet crashed into an Ohio apartment building.
    
Beth Blakeslee of Newark, Ohio, says Ohio State Highway Patrol told her that 50-year-old Diane Smoot was among those who perished when the 10-seat Hawker H25 jet crashed into the building in Akron and exploded Tuesday afternoon.
    
The owner of the plane has said the jet was carrying nine people. Authorities say no one aboard the plane survived, but have not confirmed the number of people on the plane.

The moment of impact was caught on video by a woman who was apparently taking a selfie on Snapchat when the plane hit.   (See the video above)
    
Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/1HHRQ2O ) reports that another sister, Jeannie Ferrara, said Smoot was with a group of executives from the Boca Raton, Florida-based Pebb Enterprises, a company that scouts locations for shopping malls.
    
Local and federal investigators returned to the site of the crash Wednesday morning. The plane crashed about 2 miles away from a small Akron airport where it was to land.

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