Federal investigators doesn’t list cause
By MICHAEL HEWLETT
A preliminary report released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board doesn’t list what caused a plane crash that killed a prominent local doctor and the plane’s pilot.
The Hawker Beechcraft BE58 crashed into a house March 30 in High Point, killing Dr. Thomas Littlejohn of Winston-Salem, and the pilot, Marcia Salmons-Keaton of Wake County.
The report confirms initial accounts of the crash. The plane, which took off from Wilmington, was supposed to land at Smith Reynolds Airport but was unable to do so because of fog.
Salmons-Keaton was headed toward Piedmont Triad International Airport. According to the report, she was cleared for landing, but she declared a missed approach and then radar contact was lost.
The plane came down in a wooded area about two miles from the runway, leaving a wreckage path of 600 feet. Fragments of the plane, including parts of both wings, were found along the wreckage path. The plane’s fuselage and the victims’ bodies were found inside the house. The family who lived in the house was able to escape safely.
The report doesn’t list a cause of the accident and it may be some time before they determine the cause. It will be months before a final report is issued, NTSB officials have said.
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