NTSB releases preliminary report on fatal plane crash


The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on the fatal Sept. 11 plane crash near Toledo Express Airport.

The report said the Convair 440 airplane “impacted trees and terrain while on final approach to runway 25 at the Toledo Express Airport.”

The flight crew was cleared to land at 2:35 a.m. when the airplane was about five miles southeast of Toledo Express. The pilot acknowledged the landing clearance; however, no further communications were received, according to the report.

The airplane ultimately became established on final approach for runway 25 before radar contact was lost. No problems or anomalies were reported during the flight.

The airplane initially struck trees about 0.65-mile northeast of the runway arrival threshold. The initial strikes were about 55 feet above ground level, the report said.

“Multiple tree breaks were observed along the flight path through the wooded area east of the accident site. A ground impact scar was located west of the wooded area and led to the accident site. The impact path was oriented on a westerly heading. The airplane came to rest in a parking lot about 0.50-mile from the threshold and near the extended centerline of the runway,” according to the report.

The report is preliminary and subject to change. A final report will be issued in the future.