By James Clark - email
LEVELLAND, TX (KCBD) - Federal investigators released their initial written report after a deadly plane crash Thursday night in Levelland. The report does not say what might have caused the crash. But it does give details leading up the event. Pilot Gery Franklin, 62, of Lubbock and front-seat passenger Daniel Lopez, 27, were killed. Franklin was doing "touch & go" landings at the Levelland Airport when something went wrong. The plane came to rest 62 feet off to the side of runway after the crash.
The report says a nearby resident is described as an "ear witness" instead of an eyewitness. She heard a "thud" sound when the plane crashed. The report says he went outside to look.
"The ear witness then elected to go out on her front porch to see if there had been an airplane crash at the airport. Not seeing anything unusual she went back inside. About 30 minutes later one of the surviving passengers was able to crawl to her neighbor's house for help."
The plane was not on fire so there would have been no flames to see. Typically the NTSB takes months, sometimes more than a year, to release a final report that would indicate that cause of a crash.
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