Preliminary Report On High Point Plane Crash Released

11:26 PM, Apr 9, 2011   |    comments
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High Point, NC-- The NTSB released its preliminary report Saturday about a March 30 plane crash that killed two people in High Point.

The plane crashed into a house and killed the pilot, Marcia Salmons Keaton, 50, and passenger Dr. Thomas Littlejohn III, a Winston-Salem physician. No one in the house was injured.

The family, who was home when the plane crashed, ran out of the house to safety.

The report confirms that Keaton tried to land at Smith Reynolds Airport but the weather prevented the landing and kept the plane in a holding pattern. Keaton then made contact with Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro for landing.

It states that the she was cleared for the instrument landing system approach to runway 5L and subsequently declared a missed approach before radar contact was lost.

Click here to hear audio between PTI Tower and Pilot.

The report also says the initial impact point was located in a wooded area approximately two miles from the runway 5L threshold, and was identified by several freshly cut tree branches. A wreckage path approximately 600 feet in length and oriented approximately 45 degrees magnetic extended through the wooded area. Fragments of the airplane, including portions of both wings, the empennage, flight control surfaces, and landing gear, were located along the wreckage path. The fuselage came to rest inside a residence and was largely consumed by post-impact fire. Both engines separated from their nacelles and were located within 50 feet of the main wreckage. Both propeller assemblies exhibited s-bending, chordwise scratching, and leading edge polishing.

Click here to read full preliminary report. 

The NTSB said it will be several weeks before a final report is published.

A memorial service for Dr. Littlejohn was held last week in Winston-Salem.

A memorial service for Keaton was held in Virginia Beach this week, according to WRAL-TV.

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