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Victims of Macon Co. plane crash identified

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Flames and black smoke are seen rising from the runway at the Macon County Airport after a plane crashed. (March 15, 2012/Fred Bulgin) Flames and black smoke are seen rising from the runway at the Macon County Airport after a plane crashed. (March 15, 2012/Fred Bulgin)
Smoke rises from the smoldering wreckage after a plane crash in Macon County. (March 15, 2012/Scott and Connie Cummings) Smoke rises from the smoldering wreckage after a plane crash in Macon County. (March 15, 2012/Scott and Connie Cummings)
FRANKLIN, NC (FOX Carolina) -

Officials released the names of the five victims killed when an airplane crashed at the Macon County Airport near Franklin on Thursday.

Kathleen Bergen, of the Federal Aviation Administration, said three people were aboard the Cessna Citation when it crashed at the end of the runway at 1:36 p.m. However, Macon County Emergency Services officials said there were four people onboard.

A spokesman for the North Carolina Highway Patrol said Thursday night that five bodies were pulled from the wreckage.

Trooper Gene Williamson said the victims were removed from the plane and transported to the medical examiner's office in Winston Salem.

SLIDESHOW: Plane crashes in Macon County

Officials said that the airplane appeared to have approached at too steep an angle and attempted to correct its approach. They said one of the plane's wings dipped, causing the aircraft to flip and explode.

"What I saw was the wing going into the ground, and then the wheel hit, and I saw fuel spilling everywhere," said Timothy Riles, who witnessed the crash. "Then, when the plane hit, there was a spark (and) it set off all the fuel. So, it went up like a candle."

Macon County Airport Manager Neil Hoppe said his facility has never dealt with anything like this before.

"The flights that we run out of here are in the thousands," Hoppe said. "When you look at the odds of that, (it) is astronomical the chances of something like this happening. To have someone die in this - it's devastating."

Williamson said the victims killed in the crash were Bogdon Jakubowski, Anna Jakubowski, Peter Wisniewski, Ewa Wisniewski, and Victoria Wisniewski, who was a pre-teenage girl. Their ages were not released.

An anonymous source told FOX Carolina that the Jakubowskis were married. The source said the Wisniewskis were also married and Victoria was their daughter.

Bergen said the plane was headed to Franklin from the Venice Municipal Airport in Venice, FL.

Officials said the aircraft was registered to Bogdan Jakubowski, of Venice, FL, who owns a lighting company.

The FAA, National Transportation Safety Board and the American Red Cross were at the scene.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Bob Gretz said Friday that the pilot scrapped one landing attempt because the plane's descent was too high. The second attempt was also wrong, with the jet's nose gear hitting the runway first.

Gretz said the crash investigation would take up to a year to complete.

Copyright 2012 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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