MONROE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report into the deadly plane crash that happened near Bloomington earlier this month.
The Sept. 18 crash killed 51-year-old Russell Kotlarek of Saukville, Wisconsin and 72-year-old Thomas Saccio of Blounts Creek, North Carolina.
The NTSB says a flight plan was not filed. Initial reports indicated the pilot contacted the control tower operator at the Monroe County Airport and reported he had a low fuel pressure indicator problem.
Several witnesses reported seeing the plane — a kit-built Seawind 3000 seaplane — according to the NTSB. One witness said the plane was on fire.
The seaplane crashed about three miles north of the Monroe County Airport, in a wooded area on Oard Road near State Road 48.