A preliminary report filed by the National Transportation Safety Board is confirming what friends told NewsChannel 11 last Friday when Jay Jenkins crashed his plane west of Slaton.
"When he first took off, within a minute, he noticed it was catching on fire and he knew he had to bring it down," said David Higgins, a friend of Jenkins.
Thursday's report indicates that Jenkins heard a sound come from behind the instrument panel, smelled an odor consistent with an electrical fire and saw gray smoke and flames around his feet. Jenkins turned off the electrical master switch and tried to perform an emergency landing. Seconds after touchdown, the plane nosed over. Jenkins was able to escape seconds before the plane ignited in flames.
You can view the report by visiting the NTSB web site. For a link, click here.
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