EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)-- There's more information about the final moments before that plane crash in East Haven that killed four people.
The NTSB came out with its preliminary report Tuesday and there is at least one witness that says the plane was flying upside down before the crash.
We heard what neighbors saw on the ground August 9th.
"The plane was really low and they're never that close to the center of town," said Nikky Zuniga, East Haven.
"It was a boom and then I heard a couple of rescue trucks go by, and so I went outside and saw this big plume of smoke," said Carolyn Smith, a neighbor.
The NTSB preliminary report says at 11:19, two minutes before the crash, the pilot, Bill Henningsgaard had been instructed to land on runway 20.
Henningsgaard acknowledged the plane is referred to as 622. Its registration number in the audio between the plane and the tower.
"Are you going to be able to make visual contact with the airport?" said Air Traffic Controller.
"Are you talking to 622?" said the pilot.
"622's made visual contact."
Seconds later, the tower called out the plane's number in a panic.
And then nothing.
The report says a student pilot driving on I-95. "saw the airplane was inverted and traveling at a high rate of speed, nose first, towards the ground in the vicinity of where (the airport) was located."
A witness who lived two doors down said he saw the plane descending right side down into the homes.
Also, they noted the weather at Tweed, five minutes after the crash, which had wind from 170 degrees at 12 knots, gusting to 19 knots, visibility 9 miles, and overcast ceiling at 900 feet.
EAST HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) -- A preliminary report on the fatal plane crash in East Haven describes the aircraft as being "inverted" and at a high rate of speed before the crash.
The National Transportation Safety Board issued a preliminary report Tuesday morning, describing radio traffic, the weather and flight conditions leading up to the crash.
A portion of the report cites the observations of a student pilot who was on I-95. "...he looked to his right while traveling east bound and saw the airplane at the end of a right roll. The airplane was inverted and traveling at a high rate of speed, nose first, towards the ground in the vicinity of where HVN was located. He stated that he stopped at a local business and found out that the airplane had crashed."
HVN is the three letter airport code for Tweed-New Haven Airport.
LINK: Read the report (.pdf)
The August 9 crash killed 13-year-old Sade Brantley and 1-year-old Madisyn Mitchell of East Haven, as well as the pilot, Bill Henningsgaard, and his 17-year-old son, Maxwell. The plane went down into two homes on Charter Oak Ave., a short distance from the airport, at 11:21 a.m.
The plane had taken off from Teterboro airport in New Jersey.
The preliminary report describes radio conversations between the New Haven control tower and the pilot. The pilot had been instructed to land on runway 20. Less than two minutes before the crash, Henningsgaard acknowledged that he was preparing to land on runway 20, and told the tower he "is in visual contact now" with the airport.
"At 1120:55 the HVN air traffic controller made a truncated transmission with the call sign '622'," the NTSB report said. "No further communications were received from the accident airplane."
Much of the plane and the two homes were destroyed in the crash and fire. Funeral services for the East Haven victims were held last week.
The wind was gusting up to 19 knots, or about 22 miles per hour, and there were overcast clouds at 900 feet, the NTSB said.
Environmental cleanup continues at the crash site, and once that is completed the homes will be demolished.
Also on Tuesday, two Dunkin Donuts restaurants held a fundraiser for the families affected by the crash.
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