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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