Investigators Find Fatal North Carolina Plane Crash Due to Overloading
JACKSON COUNTY, NC. – According to a news report published online at foxcarolina.com, investigators have found that a fatal plane crash in North Carolina was due to overloading. In a report released by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), the investigation into the crash revealed that the plane was carrying too much weight.*
NTSB released its report regarding the crash on the day of April 4, 2019. The plane, piloted by a 59-year-old man from Aiken, South Carolina, was bound for Aiken from Knoxville, Tennessee. The small Mooney M20C plane crashed on its way to Tennessee and was not found until March 15. Fox Carolina reports the pilot was killed in the accident. He was reportedly the only person on board the plane.
The NTSB report states that the pilot had filed a flight plan on March 13 that detailed the weather forecast for the flight. The forecast included scattered clouds and clear conditions, which allowed investigators to conclude that weather had not played a role in the crash. The plane took off shortly before 5:30 p.m. and was reportedly on course until about 6:15 p.m.
At that time, the pilot radioed air traffic control saying he had lost his altitude indicator and was not able to maintain course. Not long after that communication, contact with the plane was lost. NTSB reported that investigators found breaks and fractures at the site of the crash, which measured 50 feet in diameter. They concluded that the plane was carrying weight beyond its limit.
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