Preliminary findings released in fatal WVa airplane crash
GRAFTON, W.Va. (AP) — A pilot killed in the crash of a small plane he had just purchased did not receive a weather briefing or file flight plans before his aircraft went down in northern West Virginia, according to a preliminary report released Thursday.
West Virginia State Police and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office had previously identified the pilot as Dr. Thomas Kaye, a 67-year-old neurosurgeon from Haydenville, Massachusetts.
Kaye was the only person aboard the plane, which crashed and caught on fire Jan. 27 in woods in an unincorporated area between Fairmont and Grafton, State Police Sgt. Robert Garrison said.
The seller indicated Kaye arrived on Jan. 25 at an airport in Bloomfield, Indiana, to pick up the new two-seat plane and had completed several weekend training flights with an instructor before leaving on Jan. 27, the National Transportation Safety Board said in its report.
Kaye was flying from Indiana to his Massachusetts home and had stopped for refueling at the North Central West Virginia Airport near Bridgeport, said National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Peter Knudson.
A flight service provider indicated there was no record that Kaye received a weather briefing or filed flight plans on the day of the accident. There also was no flight plan filed for the flight that originated the West Virginia airport, the NTSB said.
The report cited a first responder who indicated visibility at the time was not an issue.