Preliminary Investigation Does Not Reveal Cause of Fatal Plane Crash

PIERCE – A preliminary investigation does not offer much explanation for a fatal plane crash in Pierce County earlier this month.

A preliminary report was issued by the National Transportation Safety Board on Tuesday in the fatal plane crash near Pierce that killed the pilot, Jim Fritz.

NTSB investigators say Fritz had refueled his plane at Norfolk Regional Airport on March 21st, and was on his way back to the private landing strip on his property, when his S-16 Shekari plane crashed in a field about five miles northwest of Pierce.

The report says that weather conditions were overall conducive to flying, with clear skies and winds blowing at around 7 mph.

It can take some time for the NTSB to release final findings on plane crashes. The final report on a fatal plane crash near Norfolk in April of 2013 wasn’t released until two years after the accident.

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