Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Weather ruled out as cause of Angel Flight crash that killed pilot, two passengers

TAMPA — An investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board has ruled out weather as a factor in the crash of a private plane Thursday at Vandenberg Airport that killed three people.

In a news conference Saturday, Corky Smith, senior air safety investigator for the NTSB, said the stormy weather Thursday did not play a role in the crash. He also corrected one detail of an account of what occurred.

A witness who saw the crash while driving south on Interstate 75 told investigators the plane rotated, went airborne, lifted its landing gear and drifted to the left. Then, it hit a 49-foot antenna on the airport grounds. The plane cartwheeled, hit the ground and burst into flames.

Smith said evidence indicates it was the plane's propeller, not the wing, that hit the antenna. The investigation is focusing now on the plane and the pilot, he said.

The NTSB expected to clear the wreckage from the site and wrap up its work at the airport on Saturday, he said.

Smith, who is based at the NTSB's southern region headquarters in Atlanta, said the full investigation could take up to a year, but he hopes to complete it in six months.

Thursday afternoon, the single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza flown by Harlan "Lanny" Northcott, 81, of Sun City Center, crashed and burned at Vandenberg Airport. The crash killed Northcott and his two passengers, Tyler McLellan, 15, and Patricia Snyder, 49, both of Stuart.

Northcott was flying from Tampa to Stuart, bringing Snyder back from cancer treatment. Tyler was accompanying Snyder, one of his mom's friends.

Northcott was a volunteer with Angel Flight, a program in which pilots donate their time, planes and fuel to carry ambulatory patients to treatment.

Weather ruled out as cause of Angel Flight crash that killed pilot, two passengers 07/19/08 [Last modified: Saturday, July 19, 2008 9:54pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. MLB umpires wear wristbands to protest 'abusive player behavior'

    Ml

    Major League Baseball umpires wore white wristbands during games Saturday, protesting "abusive player behavior" after Detroit second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined but not suspended for his recent verbal tirade against ump Angel Hernandez.

    Home plate umpire D.J. Rayburn wears a wristband to protest "abusive player behavior" on umpires by players as Rayburn heads to his position to call the first inning of a baseball game between the Milwaukee Brewers and and the Colorado Rockies late Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Denver. [Associated Press]
  2. Tropical Storm Harvey could regroup but stay clear of Florida

    Weather

    The remnants of former Tropical Storm Harvey could rebound while two other systems brewing in the Atlantic Ocean are unlikely to develop into severe weather.

    The remnants of former Tropical Storm Harvey could rebound while two other systems brewing in the Atlantic Ocean are unlikely to develop, according to the National Hurricane Center. [National Hurricane Center]
  3. Fatal hit and run closes section of Nebraska Avenue

    Accidents

    TAMPA — Police are investigating a fatal hit and run crash early Sunday morning on Nebraska Avenue.

  4. Sunday Conversation: Roberto Torres talks immigration

    Human Interest

    YBOR CITY

    Roberto Torres stands as one of the city's most impressive rising entrepreneurs. The owner of Blind Tiger Cafes, Black & Denim clothing company and CoWork Ybor has expanded his reach with locations at Tampa International Airport and The Morrison, a new mixed use development in the SoHo District. Torres, …

    Roberto Torres receives his American Dream award from U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor on Aug. 15.
  5. Tampa police officer shoots man in Ybor

    Crime

    A Tampa police officer shot a man while investigating a trespassing call at a vacant house on the eastern edge Ybor City early this morning, police officials said.

    Daniel Olinger, 68, was shot by an officer investigating a tresspassing call early Sunday morning. [Tampa Police]