Missouri crash of Utah-bound plane blamed on loss of control
HUGGINS (AP) - Federal officials say a southwest Missouri plane crash that killed a Utah State Board of Education member and three family members happened after the Beechcraft A-36 lost control during its initial climb.
The National Transportation Safety Board released its preliminary report Friday into the June 12 crash near the town of Huggins. Missouri authorities identified the victims as 43-year-old board member C. Mark Openshaw, his 43-year-old wife, 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter. A 5-year-old son survived with serious injuries.
The NTSB report says the pilot's brother saw the plane pitch up abruptly as it lifted off and began a right turn toward an opening in the tree line at the end of the runway. The brother said the plane then rolled to the left and dove to the ground.
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