NTSB Releases Preliminary Report into Plane Crash

By: Jeremy Edwards Email
By: Jeremy Edwards Email

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report into a plane crash in eastern Kanawha County.

The NTSB says Lazarus and Maryann Sommers of Millersburg, Ohio left Akron Fulton International Airport at 3:13 p.m. on April 11.

According to the report, at 4:12 p.m. the pilot requested and was cleared to make a 30 degree left turn to maneuver around an area of rain.

At 4:25 p.m., the pliot initiated a left turn and began to descend. When asked by Air Traffic Control why he was devaiting from the flight path, the pilot responded that he was flying around bad weather.

A short time later, the airplane made a right turn and started heading south and southwest before radio and radar contact with the pilot was lost.

The plane's wreckage was found in a remote wooded area near Riverside.

According to the report, two witnesses near the crash site saw the plane fly over their homes. They say the sound of the engine was loud but fading in and out.

They both stated the airplane was in a nose down position when it crashed into the hillside. Witnesses say the weather was overcast and that about 10 minutes after the crash it started raining.

Lazarus and Maryann Sommers were both killed in the crash.

The plane's wreckage is in a secure storage facility and investigators will examine the air frame and engine at a later date.

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