- Associated Press - Thursday, October 13, 2016

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on last month’s fatal plane crash near Pittstown’s Sky Manor Airport that claimed the lives of two people.

The report found that the Mooney M20 plane containing 59-year-old Gerald Budge and 52-year-old Karen Lowe tried to land twice before crashing in a line of trees at the end of the runway on Sept. 25.

NTSB officials say their preliminary report is a factual account that does not draw probable cause conclusions.

Budge reportedly first flew from Trenton-Robbinsville Airport to Pennridge Airport near Perkasie, Pennsylvania, to pick up Lowe. The Robbinsville man then flew the rented plane to Sky Manor.

The report states that Budge earned his private pilot license in January 2015 and accrued approximately 185 total flight hours.

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