No survivors after plane crashes into apartment building on Mogadore Road in Akron


Forensic investigators arrived at the scene of the crash just before 8 a.m. Wednesday.

Authorities said there was no mayday or distress call made before the plane crashed Tuesday afternoon.

As part of the recovery effort, a specialized team removed the bodies from the site. FAA investigators worked alongside the NTSB to sift through the wreckage, gathering the plane's voice recorder and then recreating the minutes leading up to the crash. That includes communications with air traffic control and the weather conditions at the time of the crash.

Early Wednesday, family members told that the people on board the plane worked for a company in Florida.

Akron Mayor Jeff Fusco released a statement Wednesday.

I, on behalf of the City and its residents, want to publicly thank those safety officials who responded to yesterday’s tragic plane crash in Ellet. We particularly want to recognize the members of the Akron Fire Department, the Akron Police Department and the Ohio State Highway Patrol who arrived on the scene so quickly and worked so diligently to contain what might have been an even greater tragedy.

We extend our deepest condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims of this crash and ask the community to join us in remembering them in our thoughts and prayers. We also want to acknowledge the trauma and loss experienced by our local residents whose homes were affected and those who witnessed this terrible event. We urge everyone who observed the crash or was otherwise affected to take advantage of the support and counseling services being offered by the American Red Cross.

We are standing by to assist the National Transportation Safety Board and other authorities as they begin their investigation and will provide our full support to the community of Ellet during the coming days as it strives to recover from this heartbreaking event.


Nine bodies were found in the wreckage of a plane crash in Akron Tuesday.

The small twin-engine plane crashed into power lines, then a four-unit apartment building near Mogadore Road and Skelton Road, causing the building and an adjacent building to catch fire. The plane landed in an embankment. No one on the plane survived the crash.

No one was in the apartment building—one resident told that he had just left to go to the store and returned 15 minutes later to the wreckage and active fire.

The plane's owner, Augusto "Danny" Lewkowicz, told nine people were on board the 10-passenger plane, and Ohio State Highway Patrol said that no one on the plane survived the crash.

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The plane left Wright Airport in Dayton, Ohio at 2:13 p.m. Tuesday and was two miles short of landing at Akron Fulton Airport at 3 p.m.

The NTSB and FAA are taking over the investigation of the crash.

Akron police said they received several calls about the crash. One caller said they heard a big explosion, another caller could see black smoke and another caller reported heavy flames. 

A Forest Park Tavern employee told the streets are filled with smoke. She said she heard a loud explosion and felt a tremor when the plane crashed. 

Another witness said the crash sounded like ammunition. He thought the train nearby had gone off the tracks. 

“We’re completely at a loss for words," Lewkowicz said. "We are very confident that they’re a very good crew and (it’s) a very good airplane. It’s just shocking to us as it is to anyone else.”

Akron-Canton Airport released a statement sending their condolences to the families of the crash victims. 

FirstEnergy reported 2,460 Akron customers lost power after the crash but nearly all were restored by 9 p.m.

The investigation into the crash will take some time, troopers added, and officials will wait until daylight to make conclusions.

Officials will speak at noon on Wednesday to update the public about the crash. Look for live coverage and breaking news notifications on your newsnet5 app.

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