National Transportation Safety Board: Control tower did not hear distress call from wrecked plane

Posted at 2:46 PM, Nov 11, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-11 17:13:25-05

AKRON, Ohio - The National Transportation Safety Board reports that the control tower heard no distress call before a plane crashed, killing 9 people, in Akron Tuesday.

The NTSB held a press conference about the plane, which crashed into an apartment building on Mogadore Road in Akron Tuesday.

NTSB Vice Chairman Bella Dinh-Zarr described the investigation that the organization has only started late this morning, but that Dinh-Zarr said that the NTSB has seen a surveillance video that shows the plane flying low, then banking left.

"Witness" marks at the scene corroborate the video, indicating that the plane's left wing struck the ground first.

The Akron Fulton Airport, where the plane was headed, does not have a control tower. Traffic control is handled at the Akron Canton Airport.

The NTSB noted that the plane was landing on instrument control. Another plane landed just before this flight successfully, and Dinh-Zarr said that the NTSB has interviewed that pilot.

The NTSB will examine the flight controls, engines, weather, records and air traffic control. The plane's cockpit recorder has been recovered and sent to NTSB headquarters. The two engines have been sent to the manufacturer.

The plane took off at 6:30 a.m. Monday from Ft. Lauderdale, then made stops in Minneapolis and Illinois before spending the night in Cincinnati Monday night.

Tuesday morning, the plane left Cincinnati for Dayton, then headed for Akron.