DARE COUNTY, N.C. (WAVY) — Just shy of one month after a pilot died in a small plane crash in Manteo, N.C., the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released the preliminary accident report.
Federal officials say 35-year-old Daniel Lane was flying low on June 27, on his approach to the Dare County Airport in Manteo, to pick up an advertising banner. A piece of the banner got caught in the plane’s left elevator, which controls the aircraft’s pitch.
Officials say Lane made a radio call to his ground crew saying, “I can’t turn. It won’t release.” Seconds later, the plane made a climbing left turn, then disappeared in the woods near the runway.
Investigators say the Cessna was severely damaged. The cockpit instruments were so badly damaged, investigators could not get any data from them. There was also significant tree damage to the wings and the propellors.
The plane crashed about 400 feet away from the runway.