ST. CHARLES COUNTY, Mo. – Federal investigators are in St. Charles tries to figure out what led to a deadly plane crash on Saturday night.
The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration have taken over the investigation and their crew visited the crash site Monday afternoon. While the cause of the crash remains unclear, some details have emerged.
Two people were killed when the small plane crashed in a wooded area near Highway F in the New Melle area around 7 p.m. Saturday. NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said the people on the plane were pilots.
“The aircraft climbed to about 8,000 feet on a specific flight plan and then began a rapid descent that continued to the crash site. Knudson told FOX 2 there was no communication from the crew after the landing process began.
Investigators will determine if weather was a factor in the crash.
“Obviously we had some bad weather,” said Dan Casey, New Melle Police Chief. “The ceiling is 1,000 feet, so it’s not a visual notice to the pilot. We know that with fog and rain, it’s not the best flying weather. It was very difficult to try to locate anything. When the plane hit the ground, it didn’t catch on fire.”
Casey said air traffic control had determined exactly where they lost contact with the plane and how fast it was traveling, though the speed has yet to be disclosed to the public.
“Once we got some of that information, finding out how fast the plane was traveling, we didn’t know if it was hovering during a landing attempt or it just went straight down, which is obviously what happened, Casey said.
Beechcraft Baron 58 was leaving Spirit of Saint Louis Airport bound for Centennial Airport just outside Denver, Colorado.
Immediately after the collision, several residents called 911 to report they heard a loud explosion.
“We started getting calls saying people heard a plane crash and a loud bang,” Casey said. “We used a lot of information about witnesses who said they heard something. They thought it sounded pretty close.”
Officials have yet to release the names of the two people killed in the crash. The NTSB will hold a press conference on Tuesday to provide more information.
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