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NTSB says crashed plane's flight system OK
“We’ve not found any type of pre-impact failure or malfunction of the flight control system,” said Todd Gunther, an air safety investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board.
The crash shortly before 11 a.m. Monday killed pilot David E. Ingalls, 81, and his passenger, Bruce Anderson, 62. Ingalls was a U.S. Air Force pilot who later piloted commercial aircraft and was highly regarded for his conservation efforts in Kingston. He also was a deacon at First Congregational Church in Kingston.
Rumors about a possible cause of the tragedy have circulated on the Seacoast this week.
He also said rumors about a possible problem with Ingalls’ seat didn’t appear to have merit.
“The seat was locked in position during the take-off and the climb,” Gunther said.
Gunther 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 crash occurred.
Page said no significant property damage or hazard resulted from the crash.
Hampton Airfield manager Garrett Miller could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
Authorities are asking any witnesses who haven’t yet given statements to do so at www.ntsb.gov.
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