LIMINGTON, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The NTSB released their preliminary findings in the Limington plane crash that killed a man July 12.
The NTSB said 52-year-old Clarke Tate from Gray took off the afternoon of July 12, flying a Culver LFA from the Limington Airport. The plane hit a group of trees during the ascent and the pilot died. Witness at the airport said the airplane departed on runway 29 and took off in a nose-high attitude. The plane then stalled to the left and hit the trees on that side of the runway. Two other witness said they heard a short engine sputter, followed by a return to full power for about 5 to 10 seconds. Then, they heard an impact noise. They did not see the impact, but stated the airplane did not have enough altitude at the end of the runway.
The NTSB said the plane came to a rest in trees in a nose-down, upward altitude about 250 feet from the runway. The 20-gallon fuel tank burst during impact and spilled fuel around the area. The NTSB said the main landing gear was extended and partially separated during impact.
The NTSB said no flight plan was filed, though the pilot planned to fly to Twitchell Airport in Turner. His most recent Federal Aviation Administration first-class medical certificate was issued in April. The pilot had reported 5,995 hours of flying experience, 195 of those hours being from the last six months, said the report.