Report: Pilot ignored warnings about flying conditions before crash that killed ex-Marshall residents

Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 11:21am

Marshall — A preliminary report on the crash of a small plane in New Mexico that killed three members of a former Marshall family says the pilot was warned against taking off in windy conditions.

In its report Monday on the March 3 crash, the National Transportation Safety Board says winds at Angel Fire, N.M., were gusting to 54 mph with a sustained speed of 38 mph at the time of the crash.

 

Killed were John Philip Verhalen III, 33; his sister, Sarah Verhalen, 41; Sarah Verhalen’s daughter, Chloe Marie Jameson, 13; and John Verhalen’s companion, Jennifer Woodward, 26.

The report indicates John Verhalen, the pilot, decided to depart in spite of concerns about flight conditions raised by an airport employee.

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