IMPERIAL VALLEY — The National Transportation Safety Board has issued an initial report about the October plane crash near Brawley that claimed the lives of two Holtville-area men.
information from the field work of the probe was completed in December and
discusses the circumstances surrounding the crash, it does not yet determine a
cause. The report is posted on the agency website, ntsb.gov.
occupied by George Morris and Jeffrey Calhoun left the Brawley Airport about 1
a.m. on Oct. 31 and crashed along the Alamo River near Brawley a short time later,
the report states.
cannot be discussed until a final investigation report is filed, said Chris
O’Neil, NTSB chief of media relations. The preliminary report revealed only the
facts gathered by the first week of December.
still an active investigation and we’ll follow it where it leads us. It’s still
too early to discuss the cause of the accident,” he said.
“We’ll continue with further investigation, but in general a fatal investigation can take 18 to 24 months to complete,” O’Neil added.“We investigate 1,300 general-aviation accidents per year and that is one of the reasons it requires that much time to make a full report.”
known is the plane, a Cessna 150A departed runway 8 at the Brawley Municipal
Airport at 1:14 a.m. on Oct. 31. Three minutes later, just northwest of the
airport, the plane turned to the left then crossed back over the runway in a
northeast heading, explained an NTSB investigator. One minute later the plane
turned right. One minute and a half minutes after that the plane made another
right turn and was on a southbound heading. The last radar return signal was
received at 1:19:55 a.m. north-northwest of the accident site.
struck the embankment of the Alamo River near Brawley and sustained substantial
damage, the investigator determined. The entire plane came to rest upright on
the shoreline of the Alamo River in desert shrub trees. There was a path of
debris 80 feet long north of the main wreckage. The left wing tip was embedded
in the desert tree shrub. The right main landing gear had separated and was in
the debris path.
airplane apparatus also sustained damage including the propeller and engine
that partially separated from the cockpit.
no obvious holes in the engine case. Yet the carburetor had separated from the
induction tubing at its mounting flange. About one and half gallons of fuel was
recovered from the left wing. Investigators noted flight control continuity on
this aircraft was established from the cockpit to the tail section and out to
Investigators further determined at the time of
the crash there were few clouds and lowest extended clouds were 20,000 feet
above ground level. Wind speed had been 4 knots (4.6 mph) and visibility was 10
miles. No flight plan had been filed.