SYOSSET, N.Y. — Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board released their preliminary report Tuesday about a plane crash on Long Island that left three people dead.
The report revealed that the Beech V35B was destroyed during an in-flight breakup on May 3.
Information obtained by the Federal Aviation Administration found that the pilot was in contact with air traffic control less than 15 minutes before the crash. The pilot told the controller that the plane had experienced a failure of a vacuum system and associated gyroscopic instruments.
The plane, which was traveling from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Plainville, Connecticut, had three people on board.
The pilot told the air traffic controller that he planned to continue his trip to Connecticut without the use of instruments and based off of his vision.
Investigators found a debris path spanning nearly half a mile in a wooded area on Cold Spring Road. The recovered flight control cables showed consistent signs of overstress.
A panel-mounted GPS was removed from the plane. It will be taken to the NTSB Recorders Laboratory to collect data.
What caused the breakup is under investigation.