Family: Brothers killed in Liberty Twp. plane crash had 20 years flight experience

911 audio: Liberty Township plane crash
The scene of the crash. (FOX19)
The scene of the crash. (FOX19)
Plane wreckage being removed from the yard. (FOX19)
Plane wreckage being removed from the yard. (FOX19)

LIBERTY TWP, OH (FOX19) - Family members of the brothers who were killed Sunday in a Liberty Township plane crash released a statement Tuesday, saying 40-year-old Jeff Krummen and 49-year-old Steven Krummen were skilled pilots.

Steven and Jeff were lifetime local residents with more than 20 years each of flight experience, according to the statement. Both were married with three children.

The men were inside a small two-seater plane when it went down between houses on Sunrise View Circle, hitting one of the homes before bursting into flames.

Authorities responded to the residential street around 9 a.m. Saturday after multiple callers reported seeing a plane crash in the area.

"I'm pretty sure I saw a plane falling out of the sky," a witness told emergency dispatch on Saturday morning.

Jeff and Steven were reportedly still inside the burning plane when authorities arrived. The brothers were pronounced dead at the scene.

911 audio from the crash was released Monday, giving insight to the alarming moments after witnesses saw the plane go down.

"A plane just crashed into the backyard of my neighbor's house," another 911 caller said. Both houses were occupied during the crash but all residents were uninjured, according to authorities.

Witnesses on the scene said the plane was performing spirals in the air before crashing. Authorities are still investigating the accident.

A statement from Krummen family read in part:

"Jeff and Steve were brothers who grew up the best of friends, enjoyed many of the same hobbies and activities together. They shared the love of flying together… and tragically died together."

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