No problems found with plane that crashed killing four Albertans

By The Canadian Press
March 13, 2018 - 8:04am Updated: March 13, 2018 - 11:29am

CALGARY- A preliminary report on the crash of a small plane in the United States that killed four Alberta men says there were no mechanical problems with the aircraft.

But the National Transportation Safety Board says that doesn't mean pilot error caused the tragedy.

Pilot Bill Kaupp and his son Clint, along with family friends Tim Mueller and Ron McKenzie, left Grand Junction, Colorado for Albuquerque, New Mexico on February 22, but their plane disappeared from radar about 30 minutes later.

The men, all from the community of Warner, were found dead the next day in a mountainous area near the Utah-Colorado state line.

The NTSB says no flight plan was filed, there was no fire before or after the plane came down and there were undetermined weather conditions at the time, noting that a final report on the exact cause of the crash could take 18 months to complete.

(The Canadian Press - Global Cgy)


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