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NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal Calhoun plane crash

April 8, 2019--11:29 a.m.

Staff reports

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report regarding a fatal plane crash in Calhoun on March 23.

The experimental amateur-built Commuter Craft Innovator crashed after takeoff from Thomas B. David Field.

The pilot, 63-year old Richard Hogan of Douglasville, was killed.

According to the NTSB report, one witness stated that the plane never climbed more than 200 feet above ground level.

Another witness stated the airplane was "pitching and rolling and appeared unstable."

The report indicates that the pilot had no experience in the Innovator airplane as either a pilot or passenger.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the aircraft’s most recent condition inspection was completed on November 12, 2018.

The FAA continues to investigate the exact cause of the crash.

You can view the report here.