Report on plane crash expected

EDINBURG – The controls of the plane involved in September’s fatal crash in Edinburg were responsive, according to an investigator from the National Transportation Safety Board.

Ralph Hicks, an investigator with the NTSB, said the single-engine plane suffered severe damage in the crash, but an investigation has revealed the controls were responsive. However, Hicks said it is still unknown if the controls were working correctly.

A preliminary report on the crash is expected to be released early next week.

At the time of the incident, authorities said the cause of the fatal crash was unknown.

The crash occurred at 3:50 p.m. Sept. 29 in a wooded area adjacent to Tange Road near the Plateau Sky Ranch Airport in Edinburg. At the scene, authorities found a badly damaged small plane and the pilot’s body in the wreckage.

Timothy J. Cowper, 55, of Middle Grove was piloting the plane and was alone in it, authorities said. After the accident, authorities and friends of Cowper’s noted he was an experienced pilot.

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, Cowper was the operator of a Pitts Special S-1E aircraft.

An investigation into the crash is being conducted by the state police in conjunction with the FAA and the NTSB. Hicks said the FAA is conducting an on-site investigation of the crash.

Authorities said at the time of the accident that witnesses notified 911 a single-engine plane had experienced difficulty and crash-landed.

Hicks said the plane caught fire and was burning until emergency services arrived.