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NTSB issues preliminary report about crash at RST


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its preliminary findings in the crash of a small plane on Sunday night.

After heavy fog settled in, the Cessna 172 attempted an instrument landing at Rochester International Airport.

A preliminary report issued by the National Transportation Safety Board said pilot Scott Lebovitz, 23, of Owatonna, had clearance to land from air traffic control.

But approaching the altitude of 200 feet -- his point of making a final decision to land -- he couldn't see the runway lights in the dense fog.

Lebovitz decided to abort and increased power for a missed approach -- but instead of pulling back up -- the plane plowed into a field and flipped.

The four people on board suffered minor injuries but survived.

The Cessna 172 is owned by the Southeastern Minnesota Flying Club.
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