MEMPHIS, IN (WAVE) - A small plane carrying three people crashed in late November in rural southern Indiana, killing everyone on board -- including businessman Wayne Estopinal, his colleague Sandra Holland Johnson and the pilot, Andrew Davis.
Friday, the National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report on what led up to the crash.
Investigators said the Cessna Citation-Jet reached an altitude of 6,000 feet when air traffic controllers from Louisville handed the flight off to the tower in Indianapolis. That was at 10:58 a.m., about three minutes after takeoff.
In the plane’s final radio transmissions, Davis is heard acknowledging the instruction to check in with Indianapolis, but he never did.
Just moments later, the jet crashed.
“It began a left turn, descended, and disappeared from radar,” the report reads.
There was no distress message heard by air traffic control in Louisville or Indianapolis.
The crash caused a large divot in the ground, and the plane was destroyed, splitting into numerous pieces that created a large debris field. There was a fire after the plane crashed, but no explosions of any kind, according to the report.
Investigators were able to recover “all major airplane components.”
Fragments of the jet were taken to a secure facility, where investigation into the cause of the wreck continues.