NTSB releases preliminary report after man dies in crash at Cape Girardeau Regional Airport

NTSB releases report on deadly plane crash at Cape airport

CAPE GIRADEAU, MO (KFVS) - The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report of a deadly plane crash that killed a Jackson, Missouri man in October 2018.

The report states: “According to witnesses located at the airport, the pilot lost control of the airplane during a crosswind landing and veered off the side of the runway and nosed over. The airplane came to rest about 1,750 ft from the approach end of runway 20 and about 25 ft off to the right side of the runway edge.”

Emergency crews rushed to the Cape Girardeau Regional Airport at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9 after a small single engine two-seater aircraft flipped over on its top, according to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department.

According to Cape Girardeau Public Information Manager Nicolette Brennan, the plane flipped as it was landing.

City officials said the NTSB and FAA were investigating the incident.

There were two people in the plane at the time of the crash and they were transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

According to Scott County Coroner Scott Amick one of the victims, 74-year-old Lowell C. Peterson of Jackson, Mo. died shortly after midnight Wednesday, Oct. 10 at a St. Louis hospital..

Amick says Peterson was an organ donor.

The Cape Girardeau Chamber of Commerce says arrangements for Peterson have been finalized. The visitation is on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Church in Cape Girardeau. The funeral service will follow the visitation.

According to the Cape Chamber of Commerce the second victim of the crash landing is Jack Mehner.

The Chambers says Mehner is recovering from surgery and that Mehner says “(the surgery) couldn’t have gone better.”

We would like to extend our thoughts and prayers to both passengers and their families involved, and to our airport...

Posted by Cape Girardeau Regional Airport on Tuesday, October 9, 2018

The incident reportedly did not impact other scheduled flights.

Along with Cape Girardeau Police and Fire Departments, multiple emergency crews responded to the scene, including those with Scott City, Scott County and Missouri State Highway Patrol.

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