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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report Into Plane Crash at Seneca Golf Course

The panel of a Cessna 172 M.
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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report from the June 11 crash of a Cessna 172 M at Seneca Golf Course. The report doesn't outline a cause for the crash, but it does note the the plane was doing touch-and-go landing—and that the crash happened on the fourth attempt.

Here's the narative from the NTSB:

On June 11, 2013, about 2225 eastern daylight time, a Cessna 172M, N118JD, operated by a private individual, was substantially damaged when it impacted terrain during takeoff from Bowman Field (LOU), Louisville, Kentucky. The private pilot and three passengers were seriously injured. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed, and no flight plan was filed for the local flight. The personal flight was conducted under the provisions of 14 Code of Federal Regulations Part 91.

The pilot was seriously injured and unable to provide a statement about the accident. Review of radar data provided by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revealed the airplane was performing touch-and-go landings to runway 33 at LOU. On the fourth touch-an-go landing, the airplane took off from runway 33, and radar contact was lost at about 200 feet above ground level. The airplane impacted the ground about 430 feet from the departure end of the runway. According to an FAA inspector, the right wing impacted the ground first and the airplane pivoted around the nose before coming to rest upright, nose down, on a golf course. Both propeller blades exhibited chordwise scratching and the inspector noted substantial damage to both wings and the fuselage. The wreckage was retained for further examination.

And here are 911 calls from the crash, from WDRB.

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