NTSB: No distress call prior to Collinsville crash


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Updated: 4/16/2013 11:49 am Published: 4/16/2013 11:46 am


The NTSB released a preliminary report about the deadly plane crash in Collinsville.

Ronald Marshall and Chris Gruber were killed when the plane crashed into a vacant house in Collinsville on April 7th. Marshall was piloting the plane, Gruber was the only passenger. They were flying to Manhattan, KS at the time of the crash.

The report finds there was no distress call prior to the crash, all communication with the pilot and tower was normal. The last acknowledgement from the pilot was that they were cleared to 6,000 feet.

The report also shows the airplane's impact left a crater approximately 10 feet in diameter and about four feet deep. The plane broke up on impact and a resulting fire destroyed part of the fuselage and rear stabilizer.

This is the preliminary report from NTSB, their investigation is not completed. The full report can be found here.


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