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Atlanta high school student killed in plane crash while touring in Puerto Rico

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Officials say an Atlanta high school student has died in a small plane crash in Puerto Rico on Saturday.

Molly Wrede, who just finished ninth grade, was visiting San Juan with her relatives when the plane crashed off the island's north coast.

The plane, owned by Puerto Rico-based charter flight company Air America, was leaving the island's main international airport and heading toward another nearby island, officials said.

Ports Authority spokesman Juan Carlos Hernandez said her body was recovered underwater.

Wrede was a student at Paideia school in Atlanta.

Letters have been sent to parents, and grief counselors have since been on call.

Brett Hardin, the high school's coordinator, sent this letter to students:

"At this devastating time, we will come together as a community to offer support to the Wrede Family and to one another.

For any students who would like to stop by today, Paideia counselors, administrators, faculty, and staff will be available in the High School from 2:00-4:00 PM. Some students may need this space to process this tragic news, some may not. We will be here for any students who need support."

Officials say the pilot and two other U.S. tourists were hospitalized with severe burns.

We will continue to update this story as we get more details. (We will also post a link to the GoFundMe page to support the Wrede family if one is created)

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