NTSB Adopts Official Cause of Deadly Plainview Crash

PLAINVIEW, TX - A final report was adopted on July 5 by the National Transportation Safety Board concerning a deadly plane crash in Plainview.  The crash happened on May 29, 2015. 

Three people – Paul Waller, 46, Tammy Waller, 44, and Michele Waller, 18 – died in the crash of a single-engine Beechcraft Bonanza.  Michele had just graduated from Plainview High School and the family was headed to Boerne, Texas. 

The final NTSB report said, “Before attempting to take off, the commercial pilot received weather information indicating that a severe thunderstorm was approaching the airport.”

The report also said, “The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: The pilot's decision to take off ahead of an approaching severe thunderstorm, which resulted in an encounter with hazardous weather conditions that led to a loss of airplane control.”

An interim report actually downplayed the role of weather – saying that windspeeds on the ground were calm just prior to the crash.  The final report was far more extensive.

The final report said, “Examination of the airplane revealed no evidence of mechanical malfunctions or failures that would have precluded normal operation.”

The report said the plane would have encountered, “strong gusting winds, turbulence, low-level wind shear, reduced visibility due to blowing dust, heavy rain, hail, and lightning.”

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