NTSB preliminary report : Plane in fatal crash at Los Alamos had just made sharp turn

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 18, 2013 - 12:34 PM

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — Investigators say a small plane that crashed after takeoff from the Los Alamos airport had just made a sharp turn before it went down the morning of Dec. 8.

The crash in a ravine near the airport destroyed the plane and killed both people aboard. They have been identified as 51-year-old Michael D. Fjetland of Harmony, Minn., and 52-year-old Kevin John Burrs of Corwith, Iowa.

A National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report says two witnesses reported seeing the plane just before the crash.

The preliminary report says one witness said the plane appeared out of whirling snow and then made a 180-degree turn.

The second witness reported seeing the airplane at about 100 feet in the air and that it made a steep turn before it disappearing from sight.

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