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UPDATE: NTSB report issued in fatal plane crash near Clutier


The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report of a fatal plane crash near Clutier last month.

William Konicek was the pilot of the plane.  He died in the crash.  A passenger was injured.

The NTSB says preliminary findings show Konicek's plane struck power lines on approach to an unimproved air strip around 11 a.m. on Nov. 28 near Clutier.  They say visual meteorological conditions prevailed at the time of the crash and no flight plan had been filed.   They say Konicek had flown to the airstrip on previous occasions but had not done so recently.  When the field was used as an airstrip, the power lines were buried.  Recently, the power lines were erected.  The NTSB says it's not known whether Konicek was aware of the erection of the power lines.

Previous story:  Crews were called to the area of 245 R Avenue in rural Tama County west of Clutier at around 11 a.m. Nov. 28 for a report of a small plane crash and fire.

When officials arrived, the passenger of the plane had exited the aircraft and was attempting to remove the pilot from the burning plane, according to the Tama County Sheriff's Office.

The passenger's attempt was unsuccessful, officials said.

Tama County Sheriff Dennis Kucera said the pilot of the aircraft died and a passenger was sent to an Iowa City burn unit.

According to the FAA Registry, the 1946 Taylorcraft BC 12-D is registered to William Konicek of Traer.

The FAA and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the crash to determine if the crash was due to the pilot attempting to land on a makeshift airstrip.

Kucera said an airstrip, located just east of where the plane crashed, was built by a farmer who was a private plane owner a "few years back."

"He used it for himself... and it's questionable as to whether or not this aircraft was going to land and take off back again from that piece of ground," Kucera said.

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