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WILLOUGHBY HILLS -- The plane that crashed Monday night near the Cuyahoga County Airport was having trouble ascending and was attempting to turn back to land when it crashed, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.

The four men killed in the crash were students at Case Western Reserve University, according to the State Highway Patrol and other sources.

The NTSB says it will look at whether weight was an issue but said the plane did have four seats.

NTSB: Pilot Reported Problem Before Crash

The patrol tells Channel 3 news the plane, a 1999 Cessna Model 172R, which crashed just outside the airport at 10 p.m. shortly after takeoff had been rented for four hours and no flight plan was filed.

Authorities released the names of those killed as follows:

Pilot:

William Michael Felten, 20, of Saginaw, Mich.

Passengers:

  • Lucas Vincent Marcelli, 20, of Massillon.
  • Abraham Pishevar, 18, of Rockville, Md.
  • John Hill, 18, of St. Simons, Ga.

Felten, Marcelli and Hill were confirmed to be Case students by the Highway Patrol.

However, a statement from Case Western Reserve University stated the university believes all four were students.

READ MORE: Case Western Reserve University statement

According to Laurence Bolotin, national director of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, Felten and Marcelli were members of the fraternity at Case.

In fact, the frat's last Twitter post, from April, was a retweet of @CWRUGreekLife congratulating Marcelli on receiving an athletic award.

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