According to the report, the aircraft, a Beechcraft 58 Baron, crashed into the ground just after noon. When the accident occurred, the pilot, Richard Dylan Spencer, "overshot the final approach course and decided to perform a missed approach," at Philip Billard Municipal Airport in Topeka. Spencer, his wife, Amy, and their daughters, Ansley and Chase, were killed in the crash. They were from Scott City.
The report states that "the pilot failed to maintain control of the airplane while maneuvering in instrument meteorological conditions. Contributing to the accident was the pilot's minimal experience flying in actual instrument conditions."
The report further states, "It is likely that the pilot became disoriented ... and lost control of the plane."
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 When the plane neared the end of the runway, the landing gear was retracted and the aircraft began a slow ascent.
The NTSB said during the missed approach the plane went into a steep left turn and then hit 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.