Preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board shows that the pilot of last week’s Bloomington plane crash, which killed 7 on board, changed the course of the plane quite unexpectedly while approaching the airport.
The report, which does not indicate the cause of changing route, is an initial study the NTSB released one week after the accident. The final report of the Bloomington plane crash may take up to 18 months, authorities revealed.
According to the investigation, the Cessna 414A made a course correction as shown by the radar, but it is totally unknown why the pilot changed the path when he was approaching the runway. It climbed to 2,000 ft and started changing altitude up and down for sometime before it eventually crashed on a field.
It is noted that the pilot had communication with air traffic control. Just before the crash, all contacts were lost. There were no signs of distress or problems recorded in the last radio transmission received by air traffic control.
The plane was returning from Indianapolis. Two of the passengers took part in the NCAA men’s basketball championship as deputy director of athletics for external operations and associate head coach of the Redbirds men’s basketball team, according to the Chicago Tribune.