Posted: Jan 4, 2011 12:30 PM by Greg Boyce
Updated: Jan 4, 2011 12:36 PM
The initial report from the crash of a small plane at the Colorado Springs airport on December 22 has been released by the National Transportation Safety Board.
The crash, in foggy weather, killed a young Air Force Academy graduate and his wife.
According to the report the pilot, Martin Riggan, made one attempt at the runway and reported to the tower he was going to come around and try again to make a landing. Visibility was between 800 and 1,200 feet. Thirty seconds later the plane disappeared from radar.
The plane was found a tenth of a mile short of the runway and about 400 feet east of the runway's center line. All wreckage was contained within about 100 feet, with the main wreckage consisting of the engine, both wings, and the fuselage. According to the NTSB report, the cockpit was mostly consumed by a fire which started after the crash. Both wings were crushed, consistent with a near vertical impact. The landing gear was up.
Two other pilots had reported light icing at the time of the crash.
The NTSB says this is a preliminary report and is subject to change.