The National Transportation Safety Board’s initial report into a plane crash that killed two Los Alamos residents in March has revealed no mechanical problems.
It is customary for the NTSB to release an initial report on all aviation accidents, then follow up later with a final, more thorough report, when an actual cause is also listed.
Los Alamos residents Karen Young, 46, and Thomas Spickermann, 53, were killed in the accident that occurred around 4 p.m. March 11 at the Ohkey Owingeh Airport on the Ohkey Owingey Pueblo, near Española. Young was reportedly the pilot.
They were the only people aboard the rental plane, a single engine, special light sport aircraft manufactured by Remos, called a “Remos GX.”
Officials from the airplane rental company said Young and Spickermann had rented the two-seater plane in order to become familiar with the takeoff and landing procedures at the Los Alamos Airport, 32 miles away.
Just before the crash, eyewitness reported that the plane’s engine sounded “normal.”