NTSB Releases Report On Columbus Plane Crash

The crash fatally injured pilot Gerald Clayton. Passenger Dennis King was seriously injured in the crash.

The Columbus residence damaged in the crash

Photo: Gretchen Frazee

The Columbus residence damaged in the crash

The pilot of a small plane that crashed in a Columbus neighborhood almost two weeks ago was working frantically on a switch for the propeller right before it crashed.

According to the preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board released on Tuesday, Gerald Clayton was taking the plane on a post maintenance flight. National Transport Safety Board investigator in charge Tom Latson says as the aircraft was descending the engine was still running and at a high rpm.

“The witness who was a passenger, a pilot rated passenger in the airplane said when the event started that the engine was screaming and the pilot was attempting to control the electrically controlled propeller” Latson says.

The plane crashed into a house near the Columbus airport. Both Clayton and his passenger Dennis King suffered severe burns.

King is recovering, but Clayton died Friday at an Indianapolis hospital a few days before he was scheduled to receive skin grafts.

Officials are asking anyone who has information that could be useful to the investigation to contact the police or fire department.

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