NTSB report says plane was 'low' before the crash

NTSB report says plane was 'low' before the crash

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board, other than flying a little low, everything seemed normal according to the surviving passenger.

On August 27 around 8:15 p.m., a Cessna 172R, hit the water in Lake Pontchartrain while returning to Lakefront Airport.

The commercial rated pilot, James Diondo, 58, and the passenger. Reginald Hilliard, Jr., were killed, a second passenger, Briana Davis, received minor injuries.

The airplane was substantially damaged.

The airplane was registered to and operated by Christiansen Aviation, Inc., Wilmington, Delaware, as a local tour flight.

According to preliminary information gathered by investigators, the pilot and passengers were returning to the airport; the surviving passenger reported everything appeared normal, other than she thought they were low.

The airplane hit the water about a mile from the Lakefront Airport runway.

The wreckage was taken to a secure facility for further examination.

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