Sections

Weather Forecast

Close
Advertisement

Plane crash report released

Email Sign up for Breaking News Alerts
news Jamestown, 58401
Jamestown Sun
701-251-2873 customer support
Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — The National Transportation Safety Board has issued a preliminary report on the Tennessee plane crash that killed pilot Jim “Fang” Maroney, a Fargo AirSho performer and former commander in the North Dakota Air National Guard.

Advertisement
Advertisement

Maroney, a 59-year-old Casselton, N.D., native who lived in Milwaukee, was flying his signature show plane — a 1956 de Havilland “Super Chipmunk” — to a Florida air show when the crash happened the afternoon of March 23.

The NTSB report said Maroney’s flight originated in French Lick, Ind., and his next stop was Canon, Ga. When he did not show up, an alert was sent out.

The wreckage was found the next morning south of Knoxville, Tenn., in the Cherokee National Forest. Damage to trees indicated the plane’s orientation was nearly level at impact, the report said.

“There was no evidence of fire noted. …,” the report said. “The pilot was found in the cockpit and was wearing a parachute at the time of the accident; it was not deployed.”

About the time of the crash, there were scattered clouds at 1,900 feet and broken clouds at 2,800 feet and 5,000 feet. The elevation of the crash site was about 2,222 feet, the report stated.

The preliminary report does not list a cause for the crash.

Advertisement
Forum News Service
The Forum Communications News Service is the premier news wire service covering the Upper Midwest, stretching from the oilfields of western North Dakota to the plains of South Dakota and to the shores of eastern Minnesota. For more information about the services we offer or to discuss content subscriptions, please contact us.
Advertisement
Advertisement
randomness