NTSB releases preliminary report on NM plane crash
Posted at: 03/11/2013 4:24 PM
By: The Associated Press
ANGEL FIRE, N.M. (AP) - A preliminary report by federal investigators into the crash of a small plane in New Mexico that killed four people says the pilot was warned against taking off in windy conditions.
The single-engine plane crashed during takeoff in 55 mph winds on March 2 from a northern New Mexico ski resort in Angel Fire, 150 miles northeast of Albuquerque.
The plane was headed to Dallas-Fort Worth following a family ski trip and killed two adults and two children, all from Texas.
It was registered to Verhalen Flyers in Scottsville, Texas - about 150 miles east of Dallas.
Authorities say 33-year-old pilot John Verhalen III was killed along with his girlfriend, his sister and her teenage daughter.
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