WASHINGTON: The pilot of a plane that crashed on Cape Cod this month may have been trying to abort the landing before it hit trees beyond the plane’s runway in heavy rain and burst into flames, according to federal investigators.
The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that another Cape Air pilot for the same airline told investigators that the plane was traveling at a slightly higher speed when it touched down, and that he knew it was on a wet runway. But won’t be able to stop. in the preliminary report.
The second pilot noticed that the plane tried to take off again, but it was not going as fast. After clearing a fence, the airplane disappeared into the trees, and then saw a burst of flames, the report said.
The pilot and six passengers on a Cape Air Cessna 402 from Boston were seriously injured, but survived the crash on September 9 near Provincetown, Massachusetts.
The pilot has not been identified. Preliminary reports indicate he is highly experienced with 17,617 flying hours, including 10,000 hours in Cessna 403 aircraft.
Investigators did not provide any opinion about the cause of the accident. It usually takes the NTSB one year to 18 months to write a final report and reach a decision about the cause.
The pilot who witnessed the crash was on another plane holding Cape Air Flight 2072 on the ground near Provincetown Municipal Airport. He said the pilot of Flight 2072 radioed to ask if the airport lights were on, and he replied that they were and that visibility was improving as the rain subsided.
The NTSB said airport surveillance video showed it was raining heavily at the time, and splashes of water could be seen as the plane landed. There was also a tailwind, which made stopping more difficult.
The NTSB said the plane stood about 200 feet (60 m) upright from where it first hit trees. The fire destroyed parts of both wings but all major components of the aircraft were recovered.
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