Weather may have led to plane crash

DANBURY TWP. Weather might have played a part in the Danbury Township plane crash that killed four p
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

DANBURY TWP.

Weather might have played a part in the Danbury Township plane crash that killed four people.

"Visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the accident," noted a preliminary report released Friday from the National Transportation Safety Board.

The weather conditions indicated scattered clouds at about 2,400 feet, the report said.

A witness, who was a pilot and Federal Aviation Administration inspector, saw the accident atabout 12:37 p.m. Jan. 12.

"The plane appeared to be level but slowly descending with the landing gear extended. The aircraft continued to slow then stopped flying and stall(ed)," the report shows. "The nose and left wing dropped sharply as the plane entered a counterclockwise spin."

The plane, a Cessna 340, crashed about 200-300 feet from a residence at 5150 Port Clinton Eastern Road while attempting to land at Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport, a couple of miles west of the residence.

An employee at Erie-Ottawa Regional Airport told investigators the pilot, David Eckstein, 67, of Mansfield, called in three times to give his location as he approached the airport.

A factual report explaining the events surrounding the crash will be available in about six months, NTSB spokesman Ted Lopatkiewicz said.

It is not unusual for investigations to take up to a year to complete, Lopatkiewicz added.

The factual report is used to help the board complete a final report or make recommendations to prevent similar accidents from occurring.

The final report will determine the actual cause of the crash and could be ready a month after the factual report is completed, Lopatkiewicz said.