A preliminary report from the federal aviation safety officials did not list a cause of a small plane crash in western Nebraska last week that killed three people.
The report from the National Transportation Safety Board released Wednesday did relay what two witnesses to the crash saw. One witness, located at the Chadron airport, told officials he saw the plane as it was preparing to land suddenly drop nose-down behind a tree line. Another witness just northeast of the crash said she heard the plane sputter, as though it was losing power, before the crash.
The document says an initial examination of the wreckage revealed the fuel tanks were breached due to the impact and there was no evidence of a fuel spill underneath the airplane, with 3 ounces of fuel in the right fuel strainer assembly, and one ounce of fuel in the left engine driven fuel pump supply line. The plane wreckage was retained for further examination.
The July 24 crash killed 25-year-old Duncan Brown, of Forestville, California, and his parents, 61-year-old Damon Brown and 68-year-old Sarah Brown, both of Sebastopol, California.
The flight originated at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and was destined for Chadron.