FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – A small plane stuttered and turned on it before even taxiing to a takeoff that ended tragically when it crashed into an SUV, killing both men on board the plane and a 4-year-old boy in the vehicle, a preliminary report released Tuesday shows.
The National Transportation Safety Board report does not say what caused the accident on March 15, which occurred moments after the single-engine Beech B36TC took off on a training flight from North Perry Airport. in the suburb of Fort Lauderdale.
The accident killed Yaacov Nahom, 63; Grant Hustad, 71; and young Taylor Bishop, who was riding in the SUV with his mother. Nahom and Hustad were both pilots and officials did not say which man was flying the plane. Taylor’s mother survived.
A witness at the airport told investigators that before heading for the taxiway, the plane’s engine sizzled “like a brutal idle” and it turned on him when the pilot spun the aircraft. ‘propeller. He said the pilot had the engine repeatedly switched from low to high power, doing so faster than pilots typically do before going for take-off.
A ground pilot who witnessed take-off told investigators the plane appeared slow and had “a very low climb.” He looked away, but then heard the engine stop. When he looked back, the aircraft was about 200 feet (60 meters) beyond the runway and less than 300 feet (90 meters) in the air. He said the plane was still nose up when it entered a right turn. The plane quickly stalled, plunging towards the ground. No distress call from the pilots was received.
Security camera footage shows the plane slicing through the roof of the SUV at a steep angle before crashing into the ground and exploding.
John Cox, a former airline pilot, said the plane’s spitting and flashbacks before take-off could indicate there were problems with the engine’s spark plugs and the pilot was trying to fix them. clean when it has rotated the propeller. He said the NTSB will inspect the engine for problems and examine why the pilots did not clean up the flight.
Cox, the president of Safety Operating Systems, an aviation consultancy, said the pilot also appears to have made a mistake after the engine failed by keeping the nose of the plane nose-down. This caused the plane to stall and fall uncontrollably into the street and the SUV. He said if the pilot had let go of his nose, the plane would have hovered and he could at least have maintained control when it got to the ground.
NTSB investigations often last a year or more.