NTSB says crashed plane's engine and structure sound
“Dave Ingalls was a very beloved and longtime member of this congregation,” the woman said, declining to be identified and saying the Ingalls family had asked for privacy.
Todd Gunther, an air safety investigator with the NTSB’s office of aviation safety, is inspecting the plane and crash site this week with engine and air frame specialists.
“We have no indication of any type of power failure,” Gunther said beneath heavy storm clouds at the airfield Tuesday afternoon. He added that the engine had “no broken components” and appeared to have been properly oiled and operating at the time of the crash.
Gunther said the wing flaps were functioning normally on the fixed-wing, single-engine propeller craft. The propellers appeared to have been rotating at the time of the crash and there was no indication of structural failure, either, he said.
North Hampton fire crews and others removed the engine from the airfield with a tractor Tuesday morning, Gunther said.
He said the NTSB could release a preliminary report in seven to 10 days, but it could be a year or more before a factual report and statement of probable cause are released.
North Hampton Fire Chief Dennis Cote has said about 150 people were gathered at the airfield on Route 1 for an annual Labor Day event when the unrelated crash occurred.
North Hampton Police Chief Brian Page said his department’s involvement would end after the last of the wreckage is removed from the crash site, possibly late Wednesday. He said the crash site, a grove of trees adjacent to the airfield, is on property owned by the nearby Seacoast Harley-Davidson store on Route 1.
He said his department would again have officers at the crash site overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.
Hampton Airfield manager Garrett Miller could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Authorities are asking any witnesses who haven’t yet given statements to do so at www.ntsb.gov.