NTSB: Plane in Erie airplane crash that killed five was in ‘close proximity’ to second plane


Erie plane crash Aug. 31, 2014

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ERIE, Colo. — The National Transportation Safety Board still has not determined the cause of a plane crash in Erie on Aug. 31, but a preliminary report released Friday says investigators believe the aircraft went down after coming in “close proximity” to another plane.

Five people — Oliver Frascona, 67; Tori Rains-Wedan, 41; and her three children, Mason Wedan, 15, and twin brothers Austin and Hunter Wedan, 11, as well as a dog — died in the crash.

Witnesses told the NTSB that the Piper PA 46 that was piloted by Frascona was approaching Erie Municipal Airport’s Runway 33 as another airplane was leaving from Runway 15. The witnesses said the planes cross in “close proximity.”

The Piper PA 46 continued down the runway and power was applied in an aborted landing maneuver, the report sayd.

“A witness in the fixed-base operator’s building described the airplane at low altitude with full power, in a left bank with a nose-high attitude,” the report reads. “Witnesses said it appeared the ‘airplane did not want to fly, it appeared to be in a stall,’ and ‘it did not accelerate or climb.’ The airplane continued in a ‘rapid descent’ until impacting terrain” northwest of the airport.”

The NTSB will continue to investigate the crash.


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