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Radio communication gives new insight into plane crash

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Updated: 12/10/2013 6:40 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Radio transmissions between the pilot and the tower at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport are giving new insight into the final moments before the small plane crashed in a retention pond in an Arlington neighborhood Sunday.

RADIO TRANSMISSION: "(Inaudible) in the plane today's got me all messed up."

The muffled transmission is between the pilot and the tower at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport just before the plane went down.

RADIO TRANSMISSION: "It is down below one half mile, just an advisory."

Sam Fischer has been flying planes similar to the one that crashed for eight years. He also instructs future pilots at Florida State College at Jacksonville..

He said it is important to always train for what could go wrong and the most critical flying moments are those right before landing.

"It's also the highest workload. There's a lot of stuff going on at that time and especially when we make that happen through clouds through weather," he said.

NTSB investigators said Tuesday it should release the preliminary report of what went wrong next week. Fischer said it could have been mechanical, but maybe not.

"They could have had an engine failure or some electrical failure with the instrumentation that caused them to lose control of the airplane or they simply could have gotten disoriented," he said.

He said weather conditions are enough to throw off even an experienced pilot.

"You could be descending when you think you're climbing or vice versa," he said.

As tragic is it is, Fischer is now using the crash as a lesson for his students at FSCJ.

"Anytime there's an accident whether it's local or not we use it in classes as a teaching tool," he said.

His hope is studying what goes wrong could help prevent it in the future.

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