Report Released Regarding Tragic Lafayette Plane Crash
Lafayette, LA- Ksla.com writes that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) completed its initial report regarding the tragic plane crash that killed five people late last month in Lafayette. The plane was en route to Atlanta, Georgia, but it crashed not long after taking off.*
The report indicates that the plane dove towards the ground and was rolling leftwards steadily at the time of the accident. The air traffic controller warned the pilot that the aircraft was at too low of an altitude but received no response. There was no mayday or emergency transmission from the pilot.
Witnesses report seeing the plane come out of the clouds at a steep angle and stated that both engines were apparently at a high RPM. The plane was able to level out just before striking transmission lines and trees. The aircraft then proceeded forward, into a USPS parking lot clipping the USPS building, causing glass to fly into the post office, injuring two of the employees. The plane also struck a parked car, causing it to roll over and then catch on fire. A driver was in the vehicle at the time and reportedly suffered severe injuries.
The aircraft ended up in pieces across the ground, with the wings, elevator controls, engines, rudder, forward cabin, and instrument panel all becoming detached from the main fuselage.
The pilot and four passengers tragically died in the accident. One of the passengers was a 30-year-old woman who was a sports reporter on her way to the Peach Bowl. A 37-year-old man on the plane survived the horrific crash, and responders transported him to the hospital where his condition was reportedly described as critical at the end of last month.
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Source:https://www.ksla.com/2020/01/07/ntsb-releases-preliminary-report-plane-crash-lafayette-that-killed-people/ and https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/12/28/plane-crash-lafayette-la-victims-survivor-louisiana/2763766001/