Investigators have released their preliminary report on a plane that disappeared offshore of South Carolina.
The small Piper PA-31 plane took off October 27 from the Andrews airport in Georgetown County on a flight to the Bahamas. Five people were aboard. The National Transportation Safety Board report did not list any speculations about what happened, but noted the pilot appeared to run into problems about 95 miles southeast of Charleston and suddenly descended rapidly.
According to the report, the pilot sent a garbled transmission indicating he would divert to Charleston. After several requests to repeat from air traffic controllers, the pilot eventually responded, “We’re descending.” The report states the plane sharply turned left 15 seconds later the and increased its descent. The pilot’s last transmission was “emergency, emergency, five-five-five papa mike.” [Read more…]