THREE BODIES RECOVERED FROM ROSEVILLE PLANE CRASH
By Brigid Gaffikin, Bay City News Service
February 13, 2006
Authorities have recovered a total of three bodies from the Roseville
home that burned to the ground after a small plane crashed into
it Sunday, according to Federal Aviation Administration spokesman
Two of the bodies "were associated with the airplane"
and a third was not, Roseville police spokeswoman Dee Dee Gunther
An 18-year-old man reported to be in the house at the time of
the crash has still not been found, Gunther said. Kenitzer said
Roseville firefighters helped FAA investigators today in removing
the wreckage of the plane from the house with a cherry picker.
"Once the plane is extracted they remove the bodies and
they usually take the airplane someplace, a nearby airport or
hangar, where they do their investigation," he said.
Earlier today, FAA spokesman Mike Fergus reported that the registered
owner of the small Glasair 2 plane that crashed into the home
was Patrick O'Brien.
The plane crashed into the two-story home at 1302 Longfellow
Circle shortly before 11:30 a.m. after taking off from a nearby
airport in Lincoln, according to the FAA.
A neighboring house received minor fire damage, Fergus said.
Fergus said that the plane was not necessarily piloted by O'Brien.
The aircraft had the registration number 540FT and was built
in 1996, Fergus said. It had up-to-date airworthiness certification
and ownership appeared to have been transferred to O'Brien in
The plane was classed as "experimental" by the FAA
which means that at least 51 percent of it must be built by the
registered owner, although professionals are allowed to give assistance
to the owner in putting the aircraft together, Fergus said.
The FAA investigates all airplane crashes, and the National Transportation
Safety Board looks into crashes that appear to involve some sort
of anomaly, Fergus said.
The FAA's investigation will focus on "the flight profile
from beginning to end," and will encompass examining the
plane's navigation aids and communications equipment, the pilot's
log and flying and medical certification and the plane's maintenance
log, Fergus said.
"The huge majority of accidents," regarding of size
and type, involve pilot error, he added.
The NTSB's investigation will focus on the cause of the crash,
The NTSB will release a preliminary report about the accident
next week, Taleye Cornejo, NTSB air safety investigator, said
While the NTSB is actively involved in getting to the bottom
of the accident, investigators will not be visiting the crash
site but will use information reported to the agency by police,
fire and recovery personnel as well as the FAA, Cornejo said.
Fergus said anyone with a basic pilot's license can fly a small
plane under an altitude of 18,000 feet as long as weather conditions
are clear for navigation purposes and as long as they can "navigate
by visual site rules," Fergus said.
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