Support meeting planned in wake of plane crash

SILVER CITY, N.M. (KRQE) – Tonight a southwestern New Mexico charter school will hold a grief support meeting after three students were among the four killed in a plane crash Friday.

Officials say the single-engine plane went down about a mile northeast of an airport in Silver City before busting into flames.

The Las Cruces Sun-News is reporting three students from Aldo Leopold High School were onboard and died.

On the school’s Facebook page, there is a post about Sunday’s grief support meeting for students, families and staff.

There’s also mention of plans for a memorial service soon, but so far nothing has been scheduled.

The names of the students have not been released.

The fourth fatality was the plane’s pilot whose name has also not been released.

The Sun-News is reporting the plane belongs to Albuquerque psychiatrist Peter Hochla.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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