File photo of Great Smoky Mountains, Courtesy Asheville Citizen-Times.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Federal safety investigators say an in-flight fire likely caused a 2011 plane crash that killed four Kentucky residents.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports a report released this week by the National Transportation Safety Board says it appears the blaze spread fast - less than a minute passed between the time pilot Matthew Shuey reported the fire and when the aircraft disappeared from radar.
The report said investigators weren't able to determine the cause of the blaze due to the extensive damage to twin-engine Beech 58 plane.
The aircraft went down in North Carolina near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in 2011. The crash also killed Tiffany Maggard, Kassie Lynn Robinson and Miranda Morgan. Shuey had taken the three women, all originally from Knott County, to visit a friend and they were returning home.