NH Plane Crash: NTSB Preliminary Report Released

A preliminary report into a fatal plane crash in Keene last month says there were no distress calls from the small plane, but witnesses said the engine made a strange sound. The plane’s pilot and passenger were killed on October 21 when the plane crashed into a garage attached to a building about half a mile from Keene’s Dillant/Hopkins Airport, starting a fire. No one in the building was injured. The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report does not provide a cause for the crash shortly after the plane took off that evening, but it does say witnesses on the ground reported the engine never chimed. properly. A witness reported hearing popping noises before the plane began to descend. A flight instructor and a qualified pilot were on board. They have been identified as Lawrence Marchiony, 41, of Baldwinville, Massachusetts, and Marvin David Dezendorf, 60, of Townshend, Vermont. Witnesses said the plane had climbed no more than 200 feet above the runway on takeoff, and it appeared level as it left the airport. The report says no distress calls were made by either occupant of the aircraft.

A preliminary report into a fatal plane crash in Keene last month says no distress calls were made from the small plane, but witnesses said the engine made a strange sound.

The plane’s pilot and passenger were killed on October 21 when the plane crashed into a garage attached to a building about half a mile from Dillant/Hopkins Airport in Keene, starting a fire. No one in the building was injured.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report does not provide a cause for the crash shortly after the plane took off that evening, but it does say witnesses on the ground reported the engine never chimed. properly. A witness reported hearing popping noises before the plane began to descend.

A flight instructor and a qualified pilot were on board the aircraft. They have been identified as Lawrence Marchiony, 41, of Baldwinville, Massachusetts, and Marvin David Dezendorf, 60, of Townshend, Vermont.

Witnesses said the plane climbed no more than 200 feet above the runway as it took off, and appeared flat as it left the airport.

The report says no distress calls were made by either occupant of the plane.

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