NTSB Releases Preliminary Report into Plane Crash near White Pass
Yakima, WA - The NTSB releases a preliminary report into a plane crash near White Pass that killed ten people.
An aviation specialist from Yakima noticed startling details that suggest the pilot made some critical mistakes.
On October 7th, at about seven o'clock at night, a Cessna 208 aircraft carrying nine skydivers and a pilot crashed into the eastern cascades near White Pass.
The report says the plane made a 360-degree turn and then plunged straight down.
"This was a comedy of errors," says Howard Hanson, an aviation specialist, "He (the pilot) apparently did not know the weather conditions en route, although going into the Seattle area, any pilot knows out here know the possibility of running into clouds and into rain and things of that nature."
Hanson has investigated more than 900 plane crashes in the northwest for insurance companies.
He says mistakes made by the pilot - 46-year-old Phil Kibler - were not filing a flight plan, not checking weather conditions in the mountains, not having clearance to fly into those conditions, and flying at 14,000 feet without oxygen.
He also believes the pilot became spatially disoriented without oxygen and that's why he made a 360-degree turn.
It could take up to a year for the NTSB to finish its investigation.