LONG BEACH (AP) — A preliminary investigation into a plane crash at Long Beach Airport that killed five people says the plane wobbled and rolled before it slammed into the ground and burst into flames.
The National Transportation Safety Board report issued Friday says the twin-engine Beechcraft King Air turboprop reached an altitude of about 200 feet when it wobbled from side to side, rolled to the left, and then crashed.
One 51-year-old passenger survived the March 16 crash. Four other passengers and their commercial pilot were killed. All were men in their 40s and 50s.
The NTSB report says the group had filed a plan for a flight to Heber City, Utah. Friends say they were headed to Park City for a ski trip.
The investigation is continuing and a final report will be issued.
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