Preliminary NTSB report on Maine Plane Crash
April 13, 2011, Halifax - A preliminary report into a plane crash that killed a Canadian real estate developer says the pilot suddenly went off radar as he was receiving co-ordinates in a mountainous area in Maine.
April 13, 2011 By The Canadian Press
The report by the National Transportation Safety Board says the pilot had asked for flight information around mountainous terrain near Allagash on March 7.
It says the pilot asked for the vectors because he was flying low due to a risk of icing at higher altitudes.
A spokesman for the board says radio and radar contact were lost as officials in Montreal were relaying the information at around 1:45 p.m. local time.
The board says in the report that the information is preliminary, subject to change, and may contain errors that, if there are any, will be corrected when the final report is completed.
Searchers later rescued pilot Ryan Isaac, who was airlifted to a Quebec hospital with a broken arm.