NTSB issues preliminary report on St. George crash
ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) -- The National Transportation Safety Board says security camera footage captured the "rapid descent" of a small plane just before it crashed at St. George's airport on May 26, killing all four young men aboard.
The NTSB, in its preliminary report on the accident investigation, says the video captured the plane making a "rapid ascent" as it took off from the airport.
After disappearing from the camera's view, the single-engine Cessna 172S reappears farther away about seven seconds later in a "rapid descent."
According to the report, the plane crashed about 525 feet from the edge of the runway, and its reported destination was Mesquite.
The victims were Colby Hafen and Christopher Chapman, both of Santa Clara; Tanner Holt of Washington City; and Alexander Metzger of St. George.