Victims of Plane Crash Identified

By: Teddy Safo Email
By: Teddy Safo Email

The investigation has begun in connection with the fatal plane crash in Marietta that killed one man, and left three others injured.

The investigation has begun in connection with the fatal plane crash in Marietta that killed one man, and left three others injured. Officials say 50-year-old Bobbie Blanchard of Arlington, Texas died at the scene after the plane he was in went off the runway.

Four men were involved in Saturday afternoon's fatal plane accident. The pilot is identified as 34-year-old Michael Phillips. The two other passengers are 36-year-old Calvin Carter and 41-year-old Roger Burke. All three were treated for injuries.

They survived, but 50-year-old Bobbie Blanchard of Arlington died at the scene.

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating. This is customary with any fatal crash. The NTSB says it will take a year before the cause of the crash is identified. A preliminary report will be released in five days, and a factual report within six months.

"We just methodically work through it and determine what is, was not by determining what it wasnt," Officials said. "were the engines operating one, determine yes they were, were all the flight controls working....and at the end of the investigation it points to the one specific thing."

Early indicators to why the plane ran off the runway were blamed on the landing gear failing to deploy, but air safety investigator Timothy Lebaron said wheelmarks from the tires proved that all three wheels touched the ground, but shortly afterward, the right wheel came off, and they are looking into why it happened.

"Possibly it was overloaded, it could have been damaged beforehand, so there are several things with the wheel we are looking at."

The maker of the aircraft, Beechcraft, has been called in to find out other possible causes. Cleanup is expected to begin Monday.


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