NTSB releases report on fatal airplane crash near Boulder City
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report which points to mechanical failure and not pilot error for plane crash that killed two Nevada Army National guardsmen.
The Beech A-45 crashed a short distance from the Boulder City Municipal Airport shortly before 4 p.m. June 23.
41-year-old Sgt. First Class Joseph Edwards, IV, was at the controls of the plane.
23-year-old Pfc. Cody Hall was by his side.
According to the NTSB, the men were halfway through a private flight from Chandler, Ariz., and were headed to the North Las Vegas Airport when the plane's engine chip light came on.
Edwards called ahead that he had lost a cylinder and wanted to make an emergency landing but the situation was under control.
The plane crash left behind a field of debris that was 80 feet wide and 80 feet long.
The owners of the single-engine plane, Jet Test and Transport, said the plane was under maintenance.
According to federal investigators, no flight had been filed and visual conditions prevailed.