NTSB Investigating Addison Plane Crash That Killed 10

Alan Scaia
July 01, 2019 - 6:18 am
Addison Airport Crash

Credit: Alan Scaia, 1080 KRLD


ADDISON (1080 KRLD) - The National Transportation Safety Board says investigators will continue working Monday at Addison Airport to figure out why a plane crashed after take-off Sunday morning.

The twin-engine Beechcraft Super King Air 350​ had just lifted off the runway when the Addison Fire Department says it veered to the left, hitting a hangar.

All ten people on the plane were killed. The NTSB says eight passengers and two crew were on the plane. No one was inside the hangar at the time.

"[Smoke] was really thick. You could tell there were some burning chemicals, some gas or oil. It definitely looked like enough for it to be serious," said one woman who was working nearby and saw the plane crash.

NTSB investigators arrived Sunday and started combing the scene.

"We'll be looking into the man, the machine and the environment," says Jennifer Rodi, the NTSB's lead investigator of the crash. "The man, specifically, the flight crew on board, their training, knowledge and experience as it applies to the aircraft and the operations."

The names of the people who died in the crash may be released Monday afternoon, but the NTSB says a preliminary report on the cause of the crash will likely take several weeks.

"We do not know the condition of the flight crew in terms of their prior experience, so we don't know if they've flown together or not," says NTSB Vice Chairman Bruce Landsberg. "That will definitely come out in the investigation. There will be a deep dive into the pilot's background."

Landsberg says investigators cannot speculate on whether a problem with the plane, a pilot error or weather might have played a role in the crash.

"We cannot confirm there was an engine failure at this point," he says. "There are any number of possibilities that could occur, and we're not in a position to speculate on those kinds of things."

Anyone with video of the crash is asked to email it to investigators at witness@ntsb.gov.