WASHINGTON -- The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on a fatal plane crash near Derby leaves many questions unanswered. Two people died when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff October 18th.
The report said the Cessna Citation crashed ten minutes after taking off from Mid-Continent airport.
Air traffic controllers gave the pilot the ok to climb to 23,000 feet. The report said, "over the next minute, the aircraft made an abrupt right turn followed by an abrupt left turn. Radar data showed the airplane descended to 14,600 feet before resuming climb and reaching 15,200 feet at 1516:20. The aircraft then made an abrupt descending left turn and radar and radio contact was lost."
The report said several witnesses reported seeing the airplane below the clouds in a nose down vertical dive. The left wing of the plan was found 3,000 feet west of the main wreckage.
Pilot reports in the area indicated light to moderate icing conditions above 6,000 feet at the time of the accident.