NTSB releases preliminary information in Pope County plane crash
By Staff report
The National Transportation Safety Board has released preliminary information about the Aug. 9 plane crash that killed two men in Pope County, Illinois.
The crash claimed the lives of 36-year-old Erich Snyder of Carterville, Illinois, and his father, 59-year-old Tommy Snyder of Zeigler, Illinois.
The NTSB report says the plane crashed around 8:50 p.m., after leaving the Marion-Crittenden County Airport in Kentucky about 8:30 p.m. It was en route to the Williamson County Regional Airport in Marion, Illinois.
The plane was found the next day by a hiker walking in the Burden Falls Wilderness area of the Shawnee National Forest.
The NTSB report describes the scene, saying several broken and downed trees tops were found at the beginning of the debris path, with airplane wing parts suspended in the trees and on the ground. About 55 yards from the start of the tree strikes, the NTSB says there was an impact point about 2.5 feet deep near the main wreckage.
The report notes that at 8:55 p.m., an automated weather reporting facility at KMWA, about 20 nautical miles northwest of the accident site, reported "a wind from 210° at 3 knots, visibility 10 miles, a broken ceiling at 8,000 feet, temperature 81° F, dew point 77° F, and barometric pressure of 29.92 inches of mercury. It listed a remark for lightning to the distant west and northwest of the station."