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July 13, 2006
Safety Board posts report on Block Island crash
The National Transportation Safety Board has found no mechanical problems with the private plane that crashed on Block Island July 5 killing three.
The preliminary report on file today did quote a witness as saying that it was raining hard, with lightning, when he heard the plane crash into a stand of trees.
The safety board examined the flight control mechanisms, the propeller, the engine and the fuel system without finding any evidence that would explain the accident.
At about noon July 5, White Plains, N.Y., surgeon William P. Homan, his wife, Valerie, and mother, Betty, boarded Homan's Piper Cherokee Arrow and took off for New York from Block Island Airport.
Around 12:15 p.m., the single-engine, four-seater crashed through the trees, landing about a half-mile from the runway, according to an inspector with the National Transportation Safety Board's northeast regional office.
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