Report: Plane altered course before crash

EPHRATAH – The National Transportation Safety Board reports the Angel Flight plane that crashed in May altered its course before it went down.

The preliminary report from the NTSB said the May 24 crash occurred around 5 p.m. The report said the plane was destroyed during an in-flight breakup, killing all three people on board.

Officials are still looking for the body of one passenger, Frank Amerosa, who is presumed dead.

The bodies of the other two people in the plane?- Amerosa’s wife, Evelyn Amerosa, and pilot John Campbell – have been recovered.

According to the NTSB, the plane departed Laurence G. Hanscome Field Airport in Bedford, Mass., heading towards Griffiss International Airport in Rome, N.Y.

The report said preliminary air traffic control radar data from the Federal Aviation Administration showed the plane was heading northwest near Ephratah when the plane suddenly altered its course towards the north. The airplane continued on that path for a minute before it turned left, heading south on a descending turn. The last recorded radar return placed the plane about 1,500 feet northwest of the accident site, 6,700 feet in the air.

According to the report, the wreckage path measured about one mile in length, starting on the southeast side of the Garoga reservoir, continuing to the north end of the reservoir.

The left side of the horizontal stabilator, the vertical stabilizer and rudder, sections of the left wing and portions of the fuselage skin were located south of the reservoir. The main wreckage, including the majority of the fuselage and cabin area, along with the right wing and engine, came to rest in the reservoir. The left engine was found on the north side of the reservoir.

Keith Holloway, public affairs representative of the NTSB, said another report would be filed in 12 to 18 months. The NTSB would not provide further comment.