Cause of fatal Moab crash still a mystery

The cause of a plane crash that killed 10 people near Moab, Utah, last month remains a mystery after the National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report Friday.

The preliminary investigation found no evidence of an “in-flight structural failure” after investigators interviewed witnesses and inspected the crash debris.

The Aug. 22 crash killed nine employees of a Cedar City-based skin-care company and the pilot. The group had just taken off from Canyonlands Field Airport to return to Cedar City after spending the day working at a clinic in Moab.

Two pilots were at the airport when the passengers boarded. They said they did not see the plane take off but did hear it and reported that the takeoff sounded normal, according to the NTSB report. About 15 minutes later, one of the pilots went outside and noticed smoke in the distance.

The plane crashed and burned in hilly terrain 1.2 miles southeast of the airport.

Both engines and propeller assemblies will be examined at a later date, the safety board said.


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