Still more questions than answers in Vein Guys crash

Sunday, April 14, 2013 4:43 PM
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There are still more questions than answers almost two months after a private jet crashed at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport, killing five passengers and injuring the two pilots.

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Five passengers were killed and the two pilots were injured when a plane crashed Feb. 20 in McDuffie County.  TODD BENNETT/FILE
TODD BENNETT/FILE
Five passengers were killed and the two pilots were injured when a plane crashed Feb. 20 in McDuffie County.

National Transportation Safety Board public affairs officer Terry Williams said the agency’s investigation is ongoing and no new details are available.

Williams said NTSB’s investigations can take up to a year, but reports with new information can be made public periodically.

The Beechcraft 390 Premier 1 carrying five members of The Vein Guys clinic staff crashed after aborting a landing on the runway about 8 p.m. Feb. 20. The plane went airborne at the end of the runway and hit the top of a 60-foot tall concrete utility pole.

NTSB member Robert Sumwalt said the plane’s left wing was sheared off, leaking fuel and causing the aircraft to catch fire. The plane continued for another quarter-mile and went through trees before crashing in a wooded area.

Vein Guys co-founder Steven Roth was killed, along with employees Tiffany Porter, Lisa Volpitto, Kim Davidson and Heidi McCorkle. The crew was traveling from a vascular surgery practice in Nashville, Tenn., to Thomson, investigators said.

Pilots Richard Trammell and Jeremy Hayden were injured.

Investigators spent almost a week collecting evidence from the wreckage site to determine probable cause for the crash and how two survived while others perished. Sumwalt said the plane was almost destroyed by fire, and wreckage was strewn across about 100 yards.

Federal safety officials said there were no distress calls between the pilot and air traffic controllers.

Grainy footage from an airport security camera captured some of the aborted landing and was sent to a lab in Washington for analysis.

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concercitizen
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concercitizen 04/15/13 - 10:00 am
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The distance between the end

The distance between the end of the runway and the utility pole is considerable. Either there was pilot error in gaining altitude or there was a problem with the plane. There is more than enough distance between the utility poles and the runway to gain enough altitude to miss them. Still, my prayers are with the families who suffered these tragic losses.

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JENNPAT 04/15/13 - 10:05 am
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So sad

I remember the day this happen.and I thought what a lost Dr Roth and his emplyes had so much going for them.And of course there is the question what could have gone wrong?I felt so bad for all of their family's and I pray they are all being able to understand God said we never know the time when we will be called unto him.So my pray still go out to all the family's

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