The National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday released a preliminary report detailing the April 22 airplane accident that killed four Scott City residents.
According to the report, the aircraft, a Beechcraft 58 Baron, crashed into the ground just after noon. The pilot was attempting a common training practice known as a missed approach maneuver at the Philip Billard Municipal Airport in Topeka when the accident occurred. The family, Amy and Richard Dylan Spencer and their daughters Ansley and Chase, were killed in the crash. The airplane was destroyed.
The report also states that Dylan, who was piloting the aircraft, had filed an instrument flight rules flight plan in accordance with the overcast weather conditions that Friday morning.
Two pilot witnesses at the municipal airport reported seeing the aircraft about 200 to 300 feet above the runway with its landing gear extended. When the plane neared the runway’s end the landing gear was retracted and the aircraft began a slow ascent.
The NTSB said during the missed approach the plane entered a steep left turn and collided with the ground. Numerous people reported hearing the crash and seeing an explosion but there were no eyewitnesses to the actual impact.
There were no reported distress calls issued by the pilot before the incident.
The airplane wreckage was located in Jefferson County about four miles northeast of the airport.