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Dec 19, 2010 9:38 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI

New Details In Estherwood Plane Crash

We've learned more today about the victims of Saturday's plane crash.

Killed were 63 year old Keith Nielson, 33 year old "Ervin Jon Gaspard" of Youngsville and 56 year old Geoffery Dille of Sulphur.

Injured in the crash--22 year old TJ Middleton of Port Barre and 65 year old Joseph Leroy Taylor from Texas
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"We were having our family Christmas party and we knew he'd be done skydiving and come back in time for that, but he was late," Kelly Frey describes the moments when her family realized a loved one was involved in Saturday's wreck in Estherwood, "We saw on tv there was a plane crash and that's how we knew."

63 year old Wendell "Keith Nielson from Lafayette was one of 3 who didn't survive. Nielson and a group of his buddies went sky diving every chance they got. In a photograph released to KATC by relatives, Keith is pictured with 33 year old Ervin Gaspard of Youngsville- who also died.

NTSB investigator Jennifer Rodi tells KATC, "Several witnesses on the ground describe seeing the plane at a high nose attitude, the wings started rocking and then they saw the plane impact."

NTSB investigators spent much of Sunday examining what was left of the Cessna.

"One witness described a sputtering sound from the engine before the plane fell out of the sky," Rodi tells us.

The NTSB investigation continues at this hour.

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