NTSB looking at weather, pilot recordings in Akron plane crash

AKRON, Ohio (WKBN) – The National Transportation Board is looking into Tuesday’s plane crash in Akron and says it has several leads to investigate.

NTSB Vice Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr said that they are looking at weather conditions and recordings from the plane’s cockpit voice recorder as possible leads as to what caused the plane to crash.

Dinh-Zarr said video shows that the aircraft was flying at a low altitude and banking to the left at the time of the crash.

“We have also examined the accident scene. The left wing hit the ground first and left a witness mark. Then, the aircraft hit half of an apartment building, destroying it, before running up an embankment behind the building and coming to rest,” she said.

Dinh-Zarr NTSB will be looking at airplane maintenance records and whether any modifications were made to the aircraft.

The plane crashed into a multiplex home in Akron around 3 p.m. Tuesday. No one was inside the building, but all nine people on board died. Seven of the nine were employees of Florida real estate firm Pebb Enterprises, a Boca Raton-based company that specializes in shopping centers.

Dinh-Zarr said that the plane, a Hawker 125-700A, left Ft. Lauderdale, Florida at 6:30 a.m. Monday, then went to Minneapolis, Illinois, and Missouri and landed in Cincinnati at 7:40 p.m. Monday. Tuesday, the plane landed in Dayton at 10 a.m. before leaving for Akron.

Dinh-Zarr also said that the NTSB has interviewed the pilot of a plane that landed at Akron-Canton airport just before the plane that crashed. That pilot was on the same radio frequency as the plane that crashed but reported hearing no signs of distress.

The cockpit voice recorder is on its way to Washington D.C. to be analyzed, according to Dinh-Zarr.

NTSB officials arrived in Akron Tuesday night and will likely be in town for four or five days.

If anyone has any first-hand information about the crash, they can email eyewitnessreport@ntsb.gov.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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