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NTSB released preliminary info in deadly Pope Co. plane crash

(Source: Derrion Henderson, KFVS) (Source: Derrion Henderson, KFVS)
POPE COUNTY, IL (KFVS) -

The National Transportation Safety Board released some preliminary information in the plane crash in Pope County, Illinois that killed a father and son. 

Tommy Snyder, 59, of Zeigler, Ill., and Erich Snyder, 36, of Carterville, Ill. were killed in the crash on Aug. 9.

A Grumman AA-5A airplane, N9684U, crashed in the Shawnee National Forest near Harrisburg, Illinois at 8:50 p.m., according to the NTSB.

A student pilot and passenger were killed and the airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was registered to and operated by a private individual as a personal flight.

No flight plan was filed. The flight originated from the Marion-Crittenden County Airport (5M9), Marion, Kentucky, about 8:30 p.m., and was en route to the Williamson County Regional Airport (KMWA), Marion, Illinois.

The airplane was found on August 10 in a heavily wooded area of the Shawnee National Forest. Investigators say hikers found debris from the plane just after 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 10 and called for help.

It was in a ditch off of one of the main cliffs in Burden Falls in the Shawnee National Forest

At the beginning of the debris path, several broken and downed trees tops were found with airplane wing parts suspended in the trees and on the ground.

About 55 yards from the start of the tree strikes was an impact point that was about 2.5 feet deep. Near the impact point was the main wreckage. The debris field was aligned with a 320° magnetic heading and continued another 25 yards.

The airplane was retained for further examination.

At 8:55 p.m., an automated weather reporting facility located at KMWA, about 20 nautical miles northwest of the crash 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. 

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