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Tuesday November 5th, 2013

Posted at 10:51am

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The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report about a plane crash in Tennessee where a Windsor pilot was killed last week.

Michael Callan, a 45-year-old from Windsor, died on October 29th following the crash of a 4-seater Cessna Sky Hawk 172R at Nashville International Airport.

The plane, owned by the Windsor Flying Club and piloted by Callan, impacted runway 2C while attempting to land at Nashville’s airport.

According to the NTSB, the flight left Windsor airport and the pilot had filed a visual flight rules flight plan to fly to Pelee Island.

The NTSB did not say why the flight instead changed course for Nashville.

The pilot reportedly did not file any additional flight plans and after reviewing air traffic control information provided by the FAA, the NTSB concluded that there was no communication between air traffic control and the pilot.

In Nashville, the NTSB says conditions were not sufficient for visual flight and the airport was under ‘instrument meteorological conditions’ at the time of the crash — conditions that required the plane to be flown using cockpit instruments.

The NTSB says that some time between 2am and 8:45am Nashville time, the aircraft impacted runway 2C at Nashville International Airport and skidded for 450 feet before coming to a stop east of the runway. The airplane came to rest upright and the cabin and cockpit were consumed by fire. The engine was located about 700 feet from the initial impact point.

The NTSB is continuing to investigate the crash.

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