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METZ, WEST VIRGINIA–The National Transportation Safety Board thinks the pilot of a plane was trying to avoid stormy weather when the plane crashed two weeks ago. Three people were killed.
The plane took off from southern Indiana and crashed in Metz, West Virginia.
In a preliminary report issued Thursday, NTSB investigators said the plane flew through moderate and heavy rain, then “extreme precipitation” just prior to the crash. The pilot and two passengers aboard the Piper PA32 were on their return flight to Myerstown, Pa., after being in Indiana for the day. All three of them were members of the same church. They had been in Indiana on church business.
The report did not mention anything about the plane having mechanical issues.
A final report that would include a probable cause of the crash will likely take 12 to 18 months to complete.