- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Federal investigators have found that elevator cables on a plane that crashed in Anchorage last week, killing the pilot, weren’t connected correctly.

A preliminary report on the crash says the 1947 Piper PA-12’s elevator controls were reversed, meaning the plane would dive if ordered to pull up and vice versa. This finding matched witness accounts that said the plane made a steep climb before pivoting to a nose-down position before hitting the ground July 2.

KTUU reports (https://is.gd/d3wRrN) the preliminary report of the National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the Merrill Field crash that killed 61-year-old Charles Hancock of Anchorage was released late Monday.

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Information from: KTUU-TV, https://www.ktuu.com


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