NTSB Issues Preliminary Report on Easton Plane Crash that Left Three People Dead

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary report on the August 12 plane crash that left three people dead in South Easton, Massachusetts. Cancer patient Robert Gregory, his wife Donna, and pilot Joe E. Baker were killed in the aviation accident when the aircraft, a Beech G35, crashed into a shopping center parking lot.

While the three-page report does not provide a conclusive explanation for why the plane accident happened, the information suggestions that engine failure was not the reason that Baker lost control of the plane. The NTSB report notes that a pilot-rated witness says he heard the engine running prior to hitting the ground even as the plane spun downward out of the clouds.

Conclusions about the cause of the aviation accident are not expected for another nine months. Potential causes of the crash could include instrument failure, pilot error, or spatial disorientation.

Common Causes of Plane Crashes:

• Pilot error • Defective equipment • Mechanical failures • Traffic controller negligence • Aircraft design defects • FAA violations • Third party negligence
Most plane crashes are catastrophic accidents, and there are often very few survivors. Most aviation crash victims that do survive end up sustaining catastrophic injuries.

Preliminary NTSB report on Easton crash, Boston.com, August 26, 2008 Report suggests engine failure not a factor in Easton crash, Boston.com, August 26, 2008

Medical Flight Crashes in Massachusetts, Killing 3, NY Times, August 13, 2008

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