UPDATE: 3 more victims identified in plane crash

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

6:50 p.m.

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW) -- Three additional plane crash victims' names have been confirmed by the coroner: Kim Davidson, Tiffany Porter and Lisa Volpitto.

The other victim is Dr. Steven Roth.

Five people died in the crash, so one person's name has still not been released.

The pilot, Rick Trammell, and the co-pilot survived the crash.

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Image of Lisa Volpitto / From The Vein Guys

Kimberly Davidson
Image of Kimberly Davidson / From the Hatcher Funeral Home

Tiffany Porter
Image of Tiffany Porter / From Facebook

6:30 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Augusta medical community is grieving after losing five of their own to a plane crash Wednesday night.

Many considered Dr. Steven Roth and his team lifesavers.

Family, friends and total strangers sought comfort, praying with bowed heads and heavy hearts on Thursday.

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6 p.m.

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW) -- News 12 is learning more about the pilot of the plane that crashed in McDuffie County Wednesday night.

Rick Trammell is the owner of Executive Shuttle of South Carolina, which is based in Greenwood, S.C.

"The thing that the flight community wonders is what happened because Rick was an excellent pilot. Very experienced and flown very many different types of airplanes," said Don Barnes, chief pilot of Aiken Air Service.

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5:30 p.m.

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW) -- News 12 has learned Rick Trammell was piloting the plane at the time of the crash and that he survived but is suffering from severe injuries.

Trammell, the owner of Executive Shuttle of South Carolina, is listed as the chief pilot on the company's website.

According to friends, he is a qualified pilot with around 30 years of experience.

Trammell is a certified flight instructor and has commercial privileges and his airline transport licenses, which the highest level of licenses for pilots. It also means he has logged at least 1,500 flight hours.

The co-pilot during the crash is also said to be alive.

5 p.m.

Many are filled with grief after the death of Dr. Steven Roth, a victim in the plane crash in Thomson Wednesday night.

Dr. Lionel Zumbro, a close friend of Dr. Roth, said they didn't share an office, but they shared the same passion.

"It's depressing and horrible for everybody, especially in the medical community," he said.

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3:56 p.m.

Statement from The Vein Guys:
"Last night, February 20, 2013 at approximately 8:30 p.m. a plane carrying Vein Guys employees was involved in an accident at the Thomson-McDuffie County Airport after a routine trip returning from Nashville, Tenn.

The company is still working through the details of the events that transpired leading up to the incident and as additional information becomes available they will release it to the public as appropriate.

As of today, confirmed information is that both pilots survived the crash and are being treated at MCG Hospital in Augusta.

It is with deep sadness that we report that five members of our staff on the plane were killed in the accident, including our Chief Physician, Dr. Steven Roth.

We send our deepest condolences to the families of the individuals who were lost.

'We are a family and our hearts weigh heavy today as we have lost members of our team -- words cannot express our grief,' said Kelly Vann, Chief Operating Officer of the Vein Guys.

Out of respect for the families, the names of the deceased will not be released at this time."

3:40 p.m.

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW) -- Deputy Coroner Johnny Ansley has confirmed five people died in the plane crash and that one of them was Dr. Steven Roth.

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Image of Dr. Steven Roth / From The Vein Guys

According to The Vein Guys website:
"Dr. Steven Roth was born in Pittsburgh, Penn. Throughout his younger years, Dr. Roth lived in North Carolina, West Virginia and settled in Virginia where he attended college at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. He majored in microbiology and chemistry, completing his B.S. degree. Dr. Roth then went on to study food-borne pathogens and obtain an M.S. degree.

Dr. Steven Roth is fellowship trained and Board Certified in Vascular Surgery. As a vascular surgeon, Dr. Roth received specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular diseases in all parts of the body.

Dr. Roth received his M.D. from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia in 1992 and completed the General Surgery residency program in Norfolk. He received an appointment into the post-graduate Vascular Surgery Fellowship training program at the University of South Florida in Tampa. During this time, Dr. Roth began learning about minimally invasive vein procedures and how these procedures could revolutionize the treatment of vein disease. In 2004, he began focusing solely on the treatment of vein disease in the legs and created his own vein care facility, the Vein Care Pavilion of the South (now called the Vein Guys®)."

Initial reports:

THOMSON, Ga. (WRDW) -- In a news conference Thursday afternoon, the NTSB said the wreckage from the plane crash is spread out along 100 yards.

NTSB Board Member Robert L. Sumwalt says the wreckage was severely broken into fragments and destroyed by fire.

The NTSB says this is only the beginning of the investigation and that they are "off to a good start." They are in McDuffie County to collect perishable evidence and are not ready to release the cause at this time.

Sumwalt confirmed that five people died in the crash but says the NTSB will not be releasing the names.

The NTSB was able to collect video surveillance from the crash and has not had time to analyze it yet. Investigators are not sure if the plane had a black box or a flight data recorder at this time, as not all aircrafts are not required to have them.

Sumwalt called the wreckage "breathtaking."

"You walk up, and you say to yourself, 'Where is the airplane?'" Sumwalt said.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations says the five bodies have been taken to the crime lab in Atlanta. Officials say it was hard to identify the bodies due to the condition.

Georgia Regents Medical Center has confirmed one male is in critical condition at the facility. He is in critical condition.

Multiple sources are telling News 12 that all of the plane's passengers work at The Vein Guys in Augusta, Ga. One of those people is said to be Dr. Steven Roth. Three nurses and a secretary were also said to be on board.

The plane crashed across the street from the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport Wednesday night.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, a Hawker Beechcraft 390/Premier I jet crashed after landing on Runway 10, running off the airway and into a wooded area at the east end of the aircraft.

The FAA says the flight left the John Tune Airport in Nashville on Wednesday night. The aircraft is registered to a Limited Liability Co. (LLC) in Wilmington, Del.

According to FlightAware.com, the plane left John Tune Airport at 6:28 p.m. and arrived at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport at 8:04 pm. The plane ride was approximately 36 minutes long.

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