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Plane crash victim identified; investigation into crash begins

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) -  A man who was injured in a private plane crash Sunday afternoon at Memphis International Airport has died.

The Regional Medical Center at Memphis on Monday identified the victim as 57-year-old Emmett O'Ryan. He had been taken to the hospital in critical condition after the single-engine airplane crashed around 4:15 p.m. He died later Sunday.

According to Metropolitan Bank's website, O'Ryan sat on it's Board of Directors.  He's also listed as the Executive Vice President of the O'Ryan Group, a printing company located on Pilot Drive.

Online, a Facebook page has been set up in his honor, where friends describe "what a fabulous man he was."

Family friends said O'Ryan's son and daughter and a friend of O'Ryan's son were injured in the crash. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

The plane, which was flying from Lewisburg, W.Va., approached the airport from the north and slammed into a low abutment in front of a runway used by FedEx aircraft. The plane then caught fire.

Sources said the airplane was based out of and stored at Signature Aviation.  Officials at Signature would not confirm ownership, but their flag was at half staff Monday because of the crash.

The single-engine, seven-seat, burned-out airplane spent Monday covered in blue tarp for preservation. Federal officials have begun an investigation of the crash.

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