NTSB releases preliminary report in Dec. 28 plane crash investigation

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A view of the burnt wreckage of a small plane that crashed into the parking lot of a post office is shown, at left, in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019. Several people died in the crash. (Scott Clause/The Lafayette Advertiser via AP)

According to the report, the plane descended between 2,000 and 3,000 feet per minute.

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report in their investigation of the plane crash that killed 5 people in Lafayette on January 28.

A preliminary report says no response was received from the Piper PA 31T plane’s pilot, Ian Briggs, after air traffic control sent a low altitude alert.

Moments later, witnesses said they heard both engines running as the plane descended into trees, striking a utility line near Verot School Board.

The aircraft then struck the road and continued across the United States Postal Service parking lot, the report said.

According to the report, the plane descended between 2,000 and 3,000 feet per minute.

The crash killed five victims and critically injured two, which includes one of the plane’s passengers.

“The wreckage path included fragmented and burned pieces of the airplane and tree debris, and extended from the trees and transmission line, along an approximate bearing of 315°, for 789 ft,” the report said. “The right wing, the outboard left wing, both engines, both elevator controls, the rudder, the instrument panel, and forward cabin separated from the main fuselage and pieces were located in the debris field. The main wreckage consisted of the main fuselage and the inboard left wing.”

Two post office employees received minor injuries from glass debris inside the building.

One driver was seriously injured after the airplane struck the car she was parked in. The car rolled several times before it came to rest upside down. The impact caused the vehicle to be engulfed in flames.

Read the full report here.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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