A preliminary report from federal investigators says that people heard what sounded like motor problems with the hand-built plane that crashed in a Fulton field Dec. 1.
He had received a license to begin flying the plane in early November and was trying to put in the 40 hours of air time needed for a permanent license, the report said.
“According to several eyewitnesses, the airplane engine was cutting in and out and then the airplane was observed in a nose down attitude prior to impact,” the report noted.
The plane first hit a 100 foot tall tree. It hit the ground nose first with an impact hard enough to drive the engine three feet into the ground.
A preliminary report is usually issued within days of an air accident. A final report will come several months to a year later, after airplane parts and other evidence are studied.