The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report about the plane crash in New Milford last month that killed a flight instructor. The NTSB says the cockpit had dual flight controls so the pilot and the teen could both operate the plane.
All structure and components of the airplane were accounted for at the accident site. The nose landing gear separated during the impact sequence. There was no fire. The airplane was equipped with a fuel tank in each wing, and both tanks contained fuel.
The student pilot was enrolled at Arrow Aviation. According to her pilot logbook, she had logged about 15 hours total flight time. The instructor pilot had reported 3,900 hours total time to the FAA as of October 2012.
The crash near Candlelight Farms Airport killed 57-year old Anthony Morasco. The juvenile female pilot was seriously injured. 44-year old Peter Jellen was injured, but walked away from the crash.