ERIE, Colo. A plane crash in Erie has left five people dead, including the pilot who was an influential figure in Grand Valley real estate.
The National Transportation Safety Board said the Piper PA-46 plane crashed and landed a few hundred yards northwest of the runway at Erie Municipal Airport at 11:50 a.m. Sunday.
Oliver Frascona, 67, was piloting the plane when it crashed.
Frascona was also a real estate attorney who traveled to the Grand Valley to teach classes every few months.
"It's just a sad day for all of us because he took such an interest in real estate himself so it spreads," said Jacque Stafford, a Grand Junction real estate broker who took Frascona's classes.
Tori Rains-Wedan, 41, Mason Wedan, 15, and Austin and Hunter Wedan, both 11, also died in the crash.
Three people were declared dead at the scene, but originally, two were alive and transported for injuries. All five passengers have since died.
The NTSB is investigating why the Piper PA-46 airplane crashed near the runway while landing.