- Associated Press - Friday, February 19, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Investigators say the pilot of a small, single-engine airplane that crashed into a southwestern Colorado reservoir, killing all five people aboard, lost control of the aircraft as he prepared to land.

The National Transportation Safety Board released a probable cause report Wednesday saying the pilot handled the initial descent properly, but investigators do not know why he then lost control.

The Denver Post reports (https://goo.gl/dhg9mk ) the 1996 model fixed-wing Socata TBM700 stalled and plunged into Ridgway Reservoir on March 22, 2014. Killed were 48-year-old Jimmy Hill, 40-year-old Katrina Barksdale; Barksdale’s sons, 11-year-old Kobe and 8-year-old Xander; and Barksdale’s 14-year-old nephew, Seth McDuffie. All were from Gadsden, Alabama, where the flight originated.

The report does not explicitly say who was flying, though it indicates Hill was the pilot.


Information from: The Denver Post, https://www.denverpost.com

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