The National Transportation Safety Board released a prelimonary report on the Dec. 8 crash that killed two out-of-state men.
The crash killed 51-year-old Michael Fjetland of Harmony, Minn., and 52-year-old Kevin John Burrs of Corwith, Iowa.
The two spent the night in Los Alamos after running into weather problems on their way to Chandler, Ariz. They attempted to take off the following morning.
According to the report, an Aviat Aircraft Inc., Husky, A-1C-200 airplane, N80MF, impacted terrain near the Los Alamos County Airport at 8:10 a.m.
The private rated pilot and passenger were fatally injured. The airplane was destroyed. The airplane was registered to Blackhawk Leasing LLC, Harmony, Minnesota, and operated by a private individual. Visual meteorological conditions prevailed and a flight plan was not filed for the cross-country flight. The flight was originating from Los Alamos at the time of the accident.
According to the report, two witnesses reported seeing the airplane. The first witness reported seeing the airplane appear out of whirling snow and then make a 180-degree turn. The second witness reported he saw the airplane about 100 feet in the air and then make a steep left bank turn before disappearing from sight.