LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Four young men were still in the hospital Wednesday -- one in critical condition -- after the small plane they were in crashed at the Seneca Golf Course Tuesday night.
A family member told WDRB that one of the victims was warned ahead of time not to go up in the air, and that the pilot was inexperienced.
WDRB has learned their names are Adam Breitmeyer, Cody Goodan, Josh Daddona and Josh Trumbo.
The aunt of one of the victims tells us that the pilot had only had a license for nine months.
"The plane was destroyed," said Kirk Brown with the Seneca Golf Course. "It looks like someone would have passed away in something like this."
Police and fire crews spent several hours Wednesday afternoon cleaning up the wreckage.
Debra Rucker, the aunt of one of the victims, said the trip was nothing more than a joyride.
"Adam said they just wanted to go up and look at the lights at night," she said.
A relative says one of the recent Butler High School graduates had been advised not to go up in the plane.
"He asked his dad for permission, but his dad said, 'Don't go up in those small planes because they crash all the time,'" she said.
FAA officials say there is no legal flying age in Kentucky, but you can get your license as early as 16.
One of the victims is still listed in critical condition at University Hospital. The other three are listed in serious condition.
"When my brother got to the hospital, Adam apologized to him," Rucker said. "He didn't think the plane was going to crash."
Loved ones say they're hoping for the best.
"We are just all really worried about him," she said. "We want everybody to pray for those boys because they really need it."
Officials from the FAA say the plane was being rented from Cardinal Wings aviation school, and there are no records to indicate the plane had been in any crashes in the past.
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