Experts: ‘No credible explanation’ for man’s death
The Associated Press has identified at least eight people who were missing in the aftermath of the crash, including the victims’ parents, relatives and friends.
A federal official told the AP that the families have been notified.
A man who was aboard the plane with them said he was told by relatives that the passengers had died.
The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly.
The crash occurred at 4:53 p.m.
ET on Thursday, the last flight to leave Washington’s Reagan National Airport.
It left at about 5:45 p.d.
The flight was scheduled to land at Reagan National but was diverted to Dulles International Airport in Virginia, where it landed at 10:37 p.s.m., according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
Two of the dead were identified as David A. Ritchie, 66, and his wife, Pamela Ritchie.
David Ritchie’s father, Richard Ritchie Sr., said in a statement Thursday that the family is grateful to everyone for their continued support and prayers during this difficult time.
The family would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the thousands of people who have offered their condolences and support during this tragic time, the statement read.
The NTSB has opened a preliminary inquiry into the crash and has requested more information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).