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NTSB issues preliminary report on fatal plane crash at Porter County Airport

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The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its preliminary report on the single-engine airplane crash which claimed the life of an Illinois pilot on Dec. 13 at the Porter County Regional Airport.

Azam J. Zayed of Oak Lawn, Ill., was piloting his Piper Comanche when it nose-dived into the ground at 10:46 a.m. as he was attempting to depart the airport.

According to NTSB, “Witnesses reported seeing the accident airplane taking off from Runway 9 at (Porter County Regional Airport) and when the airplane was a few hundred feet above the runway the right wing dropped, and the airplane entered a spin to the right and impacted the ground.”

“A surveillance video from a camera mounted on a building near the accident captured the final portion of the accident sequence,” NTSB reported. “The airplane can be seen entering the frame of the video and then the right wing drops, and the airplane enters a spin to the right. The airplane completed one revolution in the spin before impacting the ground in a near vertical attitude.”

“The airplane was facing east and had crushing of the forward fuselage and the leading edges of both wings,” NTSB said. “There was wrinkling of the fuselage skins aft of the cabin. The wings and tail surfaces remain attached to the fuselage and all control surfaces remained attached. Examination of the airplane after its removal from the site revealed that all control system cables were intact from the cockpit controls to their respective control surfaces.”

NTSB noted that Zayed had not filed a flight plan and it’s not known what his destination was.

NTSB’s investigation is likely to last at least 12 months.



Posted 12/26/2018





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