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Pilot of plane that crashed was also the owner

The Albuquerque Journal has reported the pilot of the plane that crashed last Friday afternoon in Arenas Valley was also the owner of the aircraft. Dr. Peter Hochla, a psychiatrist, who visited Silver City fairly regularly to treat veterans at the Silver City Veterans' Cllinic, was piloting the plane that carried three Aldo Leopold Charter School students. All were killed in the fiery crash. The students were Ella Sala Myers, 16; Michael Sebastian Mahl, 16;  and Ella Jaz Kirk, 14. The youths were part of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) Ecological Monitoring Crew, which won First Place at the New Mexico EnviroThon Competition this year.

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