NTSB: No Voice Or Data Recorder On Crashed Plane

11:15 PM, Mar 31, 2011   |    comments
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High Point, NC -- NTSB officials said there was no voice or data recorders in the plane that crashed into a High Point neighborhood Wednesday night.

In a news conference Thursday afternoon, NTSB crash investigator Dennis Diaz said it is not required for this type of plane to have what is commonly called a "black box".  He said his team will look for a cause "the old fashioned way" by studying things like the wreckage, flight path, weather conditions, pilot certification, and tower communication.

SLIDESHOW: Images from the crash scene

Diaz could not speculate on a cause and said investigators will be in High Point for the next 2-3 days gathering evidence.  He said a preliminary report will be released in 5-10 days, but a final report could take 9-12 months.

The Hawker Beechcraft BE58 crashed into a home on Brian Hollars Court around 5:45 Wednesday afternoon.  The pilot and a passenger on the plane were killed on impact.  Nobody on the ground was injured.

"We are very lucky their were no additional fatalities," said Diaz.

The pilots name has not been released pending notification of the family.  The plane was registered to JetLogistics out of Raleigh, NC.

The passenger has been identified as Dr. Thomas W. Littlejohn, III, a prominent Winston-Salem physician and president of PMG Research.

PMG issued a statement Thursday afternoon.  "As a friend, colleague, and a wonderful person - he will be missed dearly by many in our industry. He truly was a "good man" and will be remembered as much for his professional contributions as for his character and concern for others."

NTSB investigator Dennis Diaz said the pilot was operating on an IFR flight plan at the time of the crash.  IFR refers to the pilot using the planes instruments to control thing like altitude and course due to poor visibility, such as fog or heavy clouds.

Diaz said that much of the plane was consumed by a fire that started on impact.  He said a recovery company from Atlanta will be in the area on Friday to remove the remaining wreckage from the house.


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