Plane crash claims 18 lives

Aspen-bound flight's victims included Fox News employees

Two employees of Los Angeles Fox TV station KTTV were among 18 victims — 15 passengers and three crew members — of a plane crash near Aspen, Colo. Thursday night.

Mir Tukhi, 26, who worked in the KTTV news department as an assignment editor, and Marissa Witham, 22, who worked as a production assistant/desk researcher in the news department, were both killed when the 1981 Gulfstream III they were riding in crashed just outside their destination.

The plane had been traveling from Burbank to Los Angeles, and finally to Aspen.

The plane, maintained and managed by Avjet Corp., is owned by Airborne Charter Inc., a subsidiary of Cinergi Pictures Entertainment and whose prexy is film producer Andrew Vajna.

Tukhi and Witham were traveling for personal reasons, not on behalf of station business, a KTTV spokesman confirmed.

KTTV issued a statement Friday that said: “Our deepest sympathies go out to the families of Mir and Marissa. We share in their loss and our thoughts and prayers are with their relatives and loved ones.”

Both Avnet and Airbone also issued statements offering thoughts and prayers.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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