Witnesses saw plane climb, then roll before crash - KMSP-TV

Witnesses saw plane climb, then roll before crash

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ATLANTA (AP) - Witnesses told federal investigators they heard a small airplane's engines accelerate rapidly just before its nose slammed into the ground during an aborted landing at a west Georgia airport, killing all three people aboard.

The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report on the Feb. 22 crash quotes one witness who saw the twin-engine Beechcraft go into a steep climb, bank left and roll inverted. The plane then struck the ground in an 80 to 90-degree nose-down position at the airport in LaGrange.

Authorities say two occupants of the plane died on the scene and one died later at a Columbus hospital.

Police identified them as 60-year-old Vincent Michael Rossetti; 69-year-old Willy Lutz; and 53-year-old Jeffery Van Curtis, all from nearby Peachtree City.

LaGrange is about 65 miles southwest of Atlanta.

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