Preliminary report describes plane flight before fatal crash
By The Associated Press
Eric Falbe, his wife Carrie Falbe and his two daughters Victoria and Skylar were killed in a plane crash north of Payson. (Source: Facebook)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (AP) -
A preliminary report into a plane crash that killed four people says the aircraft made a quick descent and then a gradual one before impact in forest in eastern Arizona.
The National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report uses radar data to describe the Jan. 2 flight but doesn't state a crash cause. A final report will be released in the future.
The crash killed the pilot, Eric Falbe of Scottsdale, his wife, Carrie, and his two daughters from a previous marriage, 14-year-old Victoria and 12-year-old Skylar.
They were flying to Telluride, Colorado, for a ski trip.
The preliminary report says the plane reached cruising altitude, descended about 1,300 feet in one minute and then continued to gradually descend with some intermittent climbs before hitting a tree and then the ground.