NTSB Publishes Additional Details Concerning the Fatal Airplane Crash by the General Mills Plant in Covington, Georgia
COVINGTON, GEORGIA - According to an article published on fox5atlanta.com, Federal aviation investigators published additional details concerning the fatal airplane crash by the General Mills plant in Covington, Georgia.*
The National Transportation Safety Board issued its preliminary airplane accident report concerning the fatal April 21 twin-engine Cessna accident. According to the report, several semi-tractor-trailer trucks parked in a remote area of the cereal plant were involved in the crash. No one on the ground was killed in the crash, but two people aboard the plane were tragically killed.
A private pilot and a student pilot were tragically killed in the aviation accident. According to accident witnesses, the airplane attempted a "hard right" and "started to spiral downward." Surveillance camera video from the General Mills plant showed that the plane "descending in a right spin at the time of the impact."
Accident investigators stated that the small airplane caught on fire after it struck the ground. The cockpit was destroyed, and the fuel lines were ignited by wiring from both engines. The airplane's engines also had sustained damage from the impact. Aviation investigators stated that they found the right horizontal stabilizer, rudder, vertical stabilizer, and elevator. They also located the flight control cables when they traced back from the control surfaces to the bellcranks.
The National Transportation Safety Board's accident report says the student pilot was beginning flight instruction the day of the plane crash. The cause of the airplane accident has not been determined at this time. The investigation into the plane accident could take up to two years to complete. The airplane was registered to Nixon Enterprises, Incorporated.
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