Airplane in spin before fatal crash

In confirmation of some eyewitness reports, the pilot of a small airplane that crashed into Ridgway Reservoir on March 22 reported to an air traffic controller that his aircraft was “in a spin” and he was trying to recover it, according to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board.

Five people were killed in the crash when the single-engine Socate TBM700 traveling from Bartesville, Okla., to Montrose crashed into the water just before 2 p.m.

Just before the crash, the pilot lost contact with air traffic controllers, the report said. The NTSB reports that it will conduct a post-accident investigation now that the aircraft has been retrieved from the reservoir. The plane came to rest in about 70 feet of water.

According to the report, the weather that day was overcast with 10 miles of visibility, light rain and a temperature of 41 degrees.


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