Witnesses: Plane that crashed near Kodiak spiraled downward

Published: Dec. 8, 2021 at 3:42 PM AKST
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KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - A report says witnesses told investigators an amateur-built kit airplane made a steep turn and entered a downward spiral before crashing shortly after take-off from a Kodiak airport.

The National Transportation Safety Board released the preliminary report on the fatal Nov. 7 crash in which the pilot and the sole occupant of the plane died. According to the report, the plane was destined for a remote off-airport landing site.

A friend of the pilot told investigators the intent was to haul gear that would be used for a hunting camp. The report says none of the witnesses who saw the plane spiral downward reported any unusual sounds from the engine.

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