MARIETTA, Ohio (WCMH) — Two pilots on a private plane never announced that they or their aircraft were in danger right before it happened. Crashed into a car dealership parking lot Last month in Southeast Ohio.
A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board released Wednesday showed no cause for the crash on the morning of Oct. 18, noting that the pilot successfully communicated with air traffic controllers and was cleared to land. .
The pilots were Timothy F. Gifford, 49, of Orient, Ohio, and Eric S. Sievers, 45, of Parkersburg, West Virginia. Gifford was a Columbus firefighter who retired in May. Prior to that, from 1996 until 2007 he served as a firefighter and paramedic in Liberty He Township/Powell. Both had commercial pilot licenses, according to FAA records, but the NTSB did not specify who was piloting the plane.
According to the FAA, the aircraft was a twin-engine Beechcraft BE9L, a small plane that could seat up to 10 people. The plane, which left John Glenn International Airport around 6:40 a.m., crashed about three miles from its destination, a regional airport near Parkersburg, according to the NTSB.
Multiple witnesses told the NTSB they saw the plane flying “straight and level” before suddenly plummeting and spinning vertically onto the ground. and destroyed most of the fuselage. Most parts of the plane suffered significant thermal damage, but there were no signs of mechanical problems that could have caused the plane to crash.
Preliminary reports indicate that nearby pilots reported moderate icing conditions during the flight, and weather satellite data showed supercooled liquid water clouds between 1,300 and 8,000 feet above sea level. The NTSB has not concluded that the weather affected the flight, but the plane descended safely to about 4,000 feet before losing control.
Surveillance video from nearby businesses It showed the plane falling straight out of the sky before crashing and exploding. Pioneer Buick GMC Dealer General Manager Rod He Taylor said: there was only one person in the building Twelve cars were damaged when the plane crashed and they were on the opposite side of where the fire started.
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