“The neighbors described seeing and hearing a plane going east to west,” Sheron said.
“It sounded like a loud wind noise as the plane then flew over a wooded area. [and] fallen from the sky. There was a loud crash and a ball of fire. “
“Then my mom screamed and I ran down the stairs and we looked out our window and there was this big cloud of smoke and we didn’t see the plane go down but we just felt it and saw the smoke.”
The law firm was known for its jingle
Cellino & Barnes has been identified by its commercials and phone numbers.
The Barnes Firm made the following statement: “We warmly acknowledge the loss of Steve Barnes and his niece Elizabeth Barnes after a tragic accident. Steve has been a friend, colleague, partner and mentor to so many people in our company, in New York, California and beyond. He was a legal giant, proud Marine, and loving father. Steve and Elizabeth will be sorely missed by many. “
Barnes’ former legal partner Ross Cellino made the following statement:
Steve and I have worked together in our firm for many years. He has always been a fearless attorney to his clients. His death is a significant loss to the legal community. Steve’s greatest achievement were his three children Josiah, Rachel and Julia. Steve survived it from his long-term partner Ellen Sturm, also a lawyer in our law firm.
“Equally heartbreaking is the death of Elizabeth Barnes, sister of Brian Barnes and daughter of Rich Barnes, Steve’s brother and attorney in our firm. We all in Cellino and Barnes are deeply saddened. My thoughts and prayers go with the entire Barnes family at this difficult time, “said Cellino.
NTSB does not travel to the scene
The crash left a large crater in a wooded area in the village of Corfu and, according to Sheriff Sheron, spread airplane parts over hundreds of meters.
“It’s pretty crumbled,” he said.
A TBM-700 can hold six or eight occupants, but apparently only two people were on board, according to Sheron.
The FAA was there to investigate, Sheron said.
The cause of the tragic plane crash is not yet known.
CNN’s Alec Snyder also contributed to this report.