Witnesses: plane 'over revved' before motel crash
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A preliminary NTSB report says witnesses reported the engine of a small plane "over revved" and emitted smoke before it crashed into the Pine Tree Inn motel at Falls of Rough, Ky.
The Sept. 30 crash killed the plane's pilot and sole occupant, Lyle Moss, 61, a medical doctor from Louisville.
The report, released late last week, says the plane lost power and crashed into the motel at 1:03 p.m. It happened eight minutes after takeoff from the nearby Rough River state park airport and after witnesses described the plane circling for a flyby.
"As the airplane flew over the runway (,) witnesses reported that the engine sounded like it over revved. They also stated that they saw what appeared to be a puff of smoke emitting from the nose of the airplane," the report said.
Witnesses told investigators the engine later went silent.
"The airplane turned towards the airport, but did not have enough altitude. The pilot appeared to level the wings, lowered the landing gear, and descended into trees. Shortly thereafter, an explosion was heard behind the tree line. First responders to the accident site found the airplane engulfed in flames behind a motel," the report said.
The NTSB described the plane as a Heronimus Glasair III, an "amateur" and experimental aircraft.
The report is a preliminary statement of facts gathered in the NTSB's investigation so far. Further details, including a cause of the crash, aren't expected for at least several months.
Click http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20110930X51940&key=1 to read the preliminary report as posted on the NTSB website.
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