Pilot and four lawyers from same firm killed in Lake Okeechobee plane crash

The five people killed in a small plane crash in Lake Okeechobee included the pilot and four attorneys with the Peterson Bernard law firm in Palm Beach County, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.

They were identified Saturday as commercial pilot Eduardo Mulet, 45, of West Palm Beach; Eric A. Peterson, 73, of Lighthouse Point; Matthew Fiorello, 36, of Palm Beach Gardens; Heather Bridwell, 43, of Jupiter; and Edwin Mortell III, 54, of Stuart.

The twin-engine Piper aircraft, a PA-23 commonly known as an Aztec, crashed into the lake about 3:26 p.m. Friday, some 400 yards from shore a little north of Pahokee Airport, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Teri Barbera.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue divers found the five bodies when they searched the aircraft fuselage in the water, she said.

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