DENVER, COLORADO – (DRG News) The National Transportation Safety Board has filed a preliminary report for a fatal plane crash that occurred at Pierre’s Regional Airport last week. The accident was reported the morning of Tuesday, August 28 and a Pierre man who was the pilot, 69-year-old Paul Lee, was killed. The NTSB says that Lee’s SQ-2000 experimental airplane was extensively damaged when it crashed after takeoff from the airport. Lee did not file a flight plan prior to the accident. The NTSB says witnesses observed the plane’s left entrance door to be open about 50 feet above the ground and the plane pitched up and down before it impacted the runway. The NTSB says the plane skidded about 500 feet before it stopped and a fire broke out after the crash. Dan Baker, Deputy Chief of the NTSB’s Central Region, says the next step in the investigation will be a factual report, which should be issued in about 3-6 months. The investigator’s factual report will then be provided to NTSB headquarters in Washington, DC, which will issue a probable cause for the accident. A memorial service for Lee will be held at the Pierre Seventh-day Adventist Church on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, donations for missionary aviation projects are being accepted in Paul’s name at the Pierre SDA Church. Information about Lee and the memorial can be found on the Obituaries page at www.drgnews.com. Read the NTSB report at http://www.ntsb.gov/aviationquery/brief.aspx?ev_id=20120828X50230&key=1
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