The National Transportation Safety Board is picking up the investigation into Sunday morning’s deadly plane crash at the Millard Airport. 63 year old M. David Steier died at the scene and 61 year old Arlene Steier died later at a hospital. NTSA spokesperson Aaron Sauer says the single engine plane did take off, was airborne briefly, hit the right side of the runway and then burst into flames. It also hit runway and taxi lights. At this time they do not know who was piloting the plane.
Sauer says, “We are not sure at this point in time. Both occupants, to our information at this point, were rated pilots so we will have to work to determine who was seated in which seat. There were some radio calls that were made that are typical and common prior to take off so we will be looking at that information as well.”
Sauer says this plane, a Bonanza P35 aircraft does not contain a black box but they will be looking at the avionics equipment that was on board. Some equipment on board does store data. There were some personal items gathered at the crash site that include either an iPad or a computer. Pilots use different technology to assist them in their flight planning. At this time their destination is not known.
Sauer says they will issue a final report after looking at all the evidence but that could take anywhere from six months to a year. He says it is too early to speculate on a cause.
There was another small plane crash Monday in Burt County. 62 year old Dennis Westergaard and his passenger, 87 year old Delmar Chamberlin were taken a hospital with injuries.
Photo: WOWT 6 News, Omaha.