NTSB releases preliminary report on Morris County plane crash

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

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