A preliminary investigation report released on Tuesday into the crash of a Santee plane that killed the pilot և UPS driver on the ground earlier this month shows the final moments of the doomed flight.
The three-page report by the National Transportation Safety Board highlights communication between the pilot and the airport’s control tower just as the six-seater Cessna, which was en route to Kearney Mesa, landed in a residential area near Santana High School.
The report states that a few minutes before the crash, the air traffic controller repeatedly told the pilot, Dr. Saguta Dasi, to “climb” or fly the plane higher. The report states that the supervisor twice issued a low-altitude warning, essentially an early warning for correction.
The audio clips of those radio programs were widely broadcast in the local media for hours and days after the accident. The air traffic controller warns in those parts. “Get up immediately! Get on the plane! ”
The Federal NTSB publishes preliminary reports 15 days after the accident. The full investigation usually takes more than a year, and the final report will be published at that time.
The small plane flew from Yuma, Arizona on October 11 to Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport, also known as the Montgomery Field.
At approximately 12:14 a.m., about 11 miles east of the intended destination, the plane crashed into a carrier and then exploded in two houses on Jeremy’s Grinkasl Street.
The class, the pilot, was a cardiologist at Yuma Regional Medical Center. The delivery driver was Steve Krueger, a San Diego resident who worked for UPS for about 30 years.
After 70, a couple was injured and escaped from one of the burning houses. The neighbor’s house was also destroyed, but the residents, the newlyweds, were not at home.
According to an NTSB report, the Das was flying at an altitude of about 3,900 feet, about five minutes before the crash. About a minute later, the supervisor instructed him to descend to an altitude of 2,800 feet and allowed him to approach the Montgomery runway.
At 12:11 the controller said that the plane was deviating from the path. The lesson answered on the radio that he was “correcting”.
The controller canceled the approach, warned at a low altitude, and told Dasi to climb up to 3,000 feet. The class, whose plane was traveling northwest at an altitude of 2,400 feet, accepted the order, the report said.
Over the next few minutes, the supervisor issued more orders to Dass to turn the plane or take off, և Das accepted the instructions.
At 12:13 a.m., when the plane was at 2,500 feet, the controller “once alerted at low altitude,” telling Das to “accelerate to an altitude of 5,000 feet,” the report said.
Despite numerous communications from the supervisor, there was no further response from the pilot.
It is mentioned in the message that the plane continued to turn to the right. It was last recorded 1333 feet north of the crash site at an altitude of 1,250 feet. The plane crashed to the ground at around 12:14
The weather near the crash site showed that the visibility was 10 miles, and at a height of 2700 feet there was a layer of broken clouds.
A 400-foot-wide, 475-foot-long debris field was left in the crash. The main structural parts of the aircraft were restored and taken for further examination.