NTSB releases preliminary report on Morris County plane crash

Federal investigators have released a preliminary report on last week's plane crash in Morris County that killed five people.The preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report

HARDING TOWNSHIP - Federal investigators have released a preliminary report on last week's plane crash in Morris County that killed five people.

The preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report released draws no conclusions on what caused the Dec. 20 crash. A final report could take a year or more to complete.

The single-engine turboprop crashed about 15 minutes after takeoff from Teterboro Airport and was headed to Georgia.

The report describes how pilot Jeffrey Buckalew radioed to air traffic controllers that he was experiencing icing and requested to climb to a higher altitude. The plane peaked at 17,900 feet before descending.

The plane crashed in a wooded median near milepost 35 on Route 287.

Buckalew's wife and two children, a business colleague and a dog also perished.

Click here to read the NTSB report

Investigators: Too early to draw conclusions on ice in I-287 crash News conference on Morris County plane crash VIDEO: Plane crash path, debris litters area around Route 287 Many on the ground call themselves lucky following plane crash Witnesses recount Morris County plane crash

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: News conference on arrest in murder of 1 VIDEO: News conference on arrest in murder of Sarah Butler
Shop Small: Tons of Toys 2 Shop Small: Tons of Toys
Kevin Hodges (right) is accused of killing his 3 Police: Man used cleaver, sword, knife to kill mom, grandmother
An attorney for Hopatcong Officer Nicholas Maresca says 4 Attorney: Officer had no choice but to hit man in bunny suit
Demolition has begun on a Totowa neighborhood that 5 Demolition begins on Totowa neighborhood damaged by hurricane

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE