Three Victims Of Crash Of Small Plane Were Fraternity Brothers

OWLS HEAD, Maine (November 18, 2012)--The University of Maine has identified the three victims of a fiery plane crash as two current students and one alumnus.

The school and Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity said Saturday that the victims were David Cheney, 22, of Beverly, Mass.; Marcelo Rugini, 24, an exchange student from Brazil; and William "B.J." Hannigan III, 24, of South Portland.

All three were members of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and Cheney was the fraternity's president.

The plane was taking off at the Knox County Regional Airport on Friday night when it struck a pickup truck.

A deputy sheriff said the truck was authorized to be on airport grounds.

The plane continued to climb but then spiraled downward into thick woods and burst into flames.

The university says DNA tests to confirm the identities aren't expected until Wednesday.


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