Two men killed in a fiery plane crash Saturday morning were brothers who were enthusiastic flyers, according to a fellow pilot.
Jeff Krummen, 40, of Keltner Drive, West Chester Twp., and Steven Krummen, 49, of Falcon Lane, Deerfield Twp. in Warren County, were identified by officials Monday as the two men who died when their 1994 Acro Sport II, a two-seat aerobatic biplane, plummeted to the ground, struck a house and burst into flames.
Autopsies were performed Monday at the Butler County morgue, where the identification process in being done by dental records.
The Journal-News attempted to speak with members of both mens families Monday. A woman who answered the door at Jeff Krummens residence declined comment and no one answered the door at Steven Krummens home.
Vivian George Rose had known the Krummen brothers for seven years, he said.
Ive gone up with them flying before, said Rose, whose airplane hangar sits across from the Krummens hangar at Butler County Regional Airport. Rose said he had just spoken to the brothers two days before the crash.
Really nice guys, they were good guys, Rose said. They were always working on the airplane and stuff.
My heart goes out to the family. We were all close here, he said.
It is believed that four people shared ownership of the plane, including the Krummens, according to Chief Deputy Anthony Dwyer of Butler County Sheriffs Office.
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