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Local pilot explains NTSB preliminary plane crash findings

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Updated: 12/12/2013 8:37 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- No cause is listed in the National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report released Wednesday on the small-plane crash in the Sutton Lakes neighborhood. But we are learning new details of the final moments.

Action News told you the pilot informed the tower at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport that he couldn't see the runway and would try again.

We now know Michael Huber was performing the missed approach in misty conditions before radar contact was lost.

"It just really does appear that this was potentially a loss of control of the aircraft," said Wayne Ziskal.

Ziskal has been flying for 48 years. He set a plane simulator to the exact weather conditions at the time of Huber's landing attempt to show Action News how severe the weather conditions were.

"Those conditions basically show you no runway. Because we are right at minimums of 200 feet. All we see is the approach lights," he said of the simulator that actually demonstrated the approach for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which he said has better lights than Craig Airport.

The report also outlines that Huber had a total flight experience of 1,600 hours. Ziskal tells me while that may make him legal to fly, it is not clear what his recent experience is.

"When was the last time he shot an approach like this? When was the last time he flew in the weather like this? What did he do in the last three, six months, we don't know," he said.

The report shows the wreckage was upright and intact. And Ziskal said the fact that one wing wasn't damaged more than the other is a sign neither engine went out -- pointing again to human error.

NTSB's final report will be completed in 6-9 months.

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