VENICE, Fla.- A new report from NTSB investigators has revealed what happened just moments before a plane crash landed on Venice Beach, killing a father and his daughter who were walking along the shore.
Preliminary information says the flight started off just like any other, but then the pilot said the engine lost power and the propeller began wind-milling. That's when he called for help.
WINK News was on the scene as investigators roped off the area.
The NTSB report says the pilot landed on shore because he was worried if he hit the water, the fixed landing gear airplane would flip over. The report also says the pilot didn't know he had hit anyone until after he exited the plane.
Investigators questioned six witnesses who said there wasn't any noise coming from the engine. One also said the plane hit the water before bouncing up onto the beach.
The wife of the man killed said they had moved down the beach to get away from crowds. She said she did not see her family get hit, but she did pull her step-daughter from the water, after she was struck, while a family friend pulled her husband onshore.
Investigators basically took the plane apart, trying to find something that would have caused the engine to stop. So far, they haven't found any mechanical problems, but they are still checking the engine electrical, air induction and fuel delivery systems.