Archive for Friday, July 16, 2010

NTSB releases preliminary report in fatal Jefferson County plane crash

Luggage from a man and woman killed in a plane crash Thursday morning on the property of the J Bar Ranch in rural Jefferson County sits among the debris.

Luggage from a man and woman killed in a plane crash Thursday morning on the property of the J Bar Ranch in rural Jefferson County sits among the debris.

July 16, 2010


The National Transportation Safety Board released preliminary findings in the investigation of a fatal plane crash near Perry on July 1.

Board releases plane crash findings

The National Transportation Safety Board released initial findings from the fatal plane crash that occurred July 1. The information released states the pilot had an engine give out. Enlarge video

A review of Federal Aviation Administration air traffic control records showed the 1987 Beech Bonanza was climbing from 7,000 feet to 14,000 feet when the pilot reported losing an engine.

Air traffic control lost radar contact with the plane and all communications at 1,000 feet.

The small plane crashed nose-first into a field in rural Jefferson County in clear weather, the NTSB report said.

New York couple Gregory Collis, 56, and his wife, Pindi Williams, 54, were both killed on impact.

Investigators found the plane’s propeller buried about a foot into the ground.

The plane’s wreckage was transported to a secure hangar for further investigation.

The plane had taken off from Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport in Kansas City and was on its way to St. Johns Industrial Air Park in St. John’s Ariz.


Boston_Corbett 7 years, 10 months ago

This all may be semantics. The headline uses the term "preliminary report." The lede suggests that NTSB issued "preliminary findings."

I don't see any thing which would resemble preliminary conclusions, which I equate with what I would expect from NTSB when the term "findings" is used. The NTSB itself terms this matter as "preliminary information" which seems a bit less than "findings" or a "report."

But yes, the NTSB did provide "preliminary information" giving a few additional factual details about the flight circumstances:

Boston_Corbett 7 years, 10 months ago

Not exactly KRichards.

The NTSB did not issue "preliminary findings" as the lede of the story reported. "Findings" necessarily includes conclusions about the factors which caused the accident. There are no "findings" here nor does the NTSB say there are "findings" here.

The definition of this term is recognized by those who are involved in in the NTSB/transportation safety and many in the general public. Reporters should have general knowledge of the particular vocabulary in the subjects they report.

As I would be the wrong person to write a review about an arts performance, or a garden show, those who write about arts performances maybe should not be assigned to write about aviation accidents, unless the editors are double checking things.

The lede is simply wrong. The reporter and editors both missed it.

50YearResident 7 years, 10 months ago

Lost an engine between 7000 & 14000 feet? It only had one engine!

Hoots 7 years, 10 months ago

Exactly, it only had one engine so at that point the plane became a glidder. As to what happened, he was trying to glide in for a forced landing and misjudged airspeed which caused the craft to stall. Once the stall happened he lost control and didn't have enough altitude to recove and went nose first into the field. That was a nice field and he should have been able to land there fairly safely but from the early reports he was fixated on landing on a road. I can see how a New Yorker wouldn't see a pasture as a viable solution.

Steve Miller 7 years, 10 months ago

It's all recycled info.. Crack filler for LJW..

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