Ocala Couple Identified as Victims in Mid-Air Plane Crash

Alice Stuebling-Salm a dressage trainer and rider owned and operated Whispering Dream Farm a 100 acre Dressage Training facility close to Ocala HITS
Alice Stuebling-Salm a dressage trainer and rider owned and operated Whispering Dream Farm a 100 acre Dressage Training facility close to Ocala HITS

The Levy County (Florida) Sheriff's Office identified the last two victims of the March 20th mid-air plane crash as Rainer Salm and his wife Alice Stuebling-Salm. Salm, 60, and Stuebling-Salm, 35, of Morriston, Florida, owned and operated the aeronautic company Aro Wings, LLC.  In 2003 the couple both from Germany, moved from south Florida to the Ocala region where Alice Stuebling-Salm a dressage trainer and rider owned and operated Whispering Dream Farm a 100 acre Dressage Training facility close to Ocala HITS. She was also a realtor who owned and operated her own brokerage firm Homes and Ranches LLC.

The couple was in their Piper when it crashed with an experimental plane being piloted by Lee H. Sentman III, 73, of Summerfield, who also died. The crash happened about four miles south of Williston and scattered debris on a path a quarter mile wide and a half mile long.

Rainer Salm
Rainer Salm

Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Evan Sullivan said it took several days to positively identify the couple because investigators needed to use dental records and DNA because of the extensive damage done to both victims in the crash and subsequent fire.
The Federal Aviation Administration has said it will take several months for them to issue a final report on the fatal crash, including the likely cause.




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