Last radio transmission reveals pilot knew he was going to crash; Baker investigation continues
POSTED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 11:25am
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 4:57pm
BAKER, LA (NBC33) — The cockpit voice recorder aboard the plane that crashed in Baker is being examined in Washington, DC, according to information provided in the preliminary investigation report.
Reports note that pilot John Fowler did not have a flight plan for his trip on Friday, June 7 from the Baton Rouge Airport to McComb, Mississippi. His last transmission to the tower at BTR stated that he knew he was going to crash.
The privately owned KingAir plane started to have trouble shortly after it took off. The crash site was located 3.5 miles away from the runway.
The plane hit the roof of a home at roughly 1:10 p.m., then struck a tree and shed located in the backyard of a neighboring home. It came to rest in the corner of two houses.
Most of the plane was destroyed by fire. The homes also sustained substantial damage.
Investigators hope to learn details from the plane’s voice recorder that will shed light on why the crash happened in the first place.
NBC33 News will continue to track this story and provide updates when they become available.