NTSB names pilot, cites steep bank in deadly plane crash
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A preliminary crash report said that the plane involved in that fatal plane crash at the Albany airport was 90 degrees sideways when it was crashed.
That report also said the Britt Knight, the owner of the plane, was sitting in the front left seat. Kevin Coalson, the retired state patrol pilot, was sitting in the front right seat.
The initial report doesn't say anything more about how the Lancair Four plane may have gone into that 90 degree bank.
A witness told investigators that the plane sounded normal. .but started to bank immediately after take off. Much of the plane was destroyed on impact, and the two men up front as well as passenger Brittany Kerfoot, were killed on impact.
The report said Knight logged 1000 hours of flight experience, while Coalson had more than 6,700 hours. The victims are still on the minds of airport officials.
"We're all still shaken. Obviously, our hearts go out to the victims, their friends, and families but as far as day to day operations, we're back to normal," said airport director David Hamilton.
NTSB officials said the investigation is still far from over. The plane's remains are in DC where they are still getting inspected.
Investigators are reviewing surveillance video and possible communications between the pilot and air traffic control before and after take off.
The investigation could take a year.
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