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Family Of 4 Among Victims Of Texas Plane Crash Into Hangar

Patch logo Patch 7/2/2019 Feroze Dhanoa
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ADDISON, TX — A family of four were among the 10 people killed in a plane crash at Addison Municipal Airport on Sunday. The Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office identified five of the 10 victims on Monday.

Officials identified the victims as Brian Mark Ellard, 52, Stephen Lee Thelen, 58, Matthew Palmer, 28, Alice Maritato, 15 and Dylan Maritato, 13. According to a statement from the Bishop of The Catholic Diocese of Dallas, Ellard was the stepfather of the two children killed in the crash. The Diocese said the children's mother was also killed in the crash but officials have not positively identified her as one of the victims.

"As a community, we are saddened at the tragic loss of all who perished in the plane crash at Addison Airport and offer special prayers for their families," Bishop Edward Burns said on Twitter. "Please join me in praying God will bring strength, grace and peace to their family members and all those who loved them."

The twin-engine Beechcraft BE-350 King Air that went down on Sunday crashed into a hangar shortly after taking off and was destroyed by fire, officials said.

Addison is located about 15 miles north of Dallas.

This report will be updated.


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