INDIANAPOLIS - A preliminary report indicates weather might have contributed to the plane crash that killed a Plainfield father and son in July.
Babar and Haris Suleman were attempting a 30-day, around-the-world flight when their plane went down after taking off from American Samoa on July 22.
According to the preliminary report released Tuesday from the National Transportation Safety Board, "gusty" wind could have been a factor in the crash.
The NTSB report said a ground crewman noted that the wind was very strong when the Sulemans' plane took off, and he saw it moving up and down and side to side after takeoff.
The crewman said the plane was not gaining altitude, and it banked to the right before it reached the end of the runway.
"Over the next few seconds, the airplane kept getting lower, and then disappeared," the NTSB report read.
Another witness a couple miles away told the NTSB it was unusual that the plane didn't gain altitude immediately, and he said the plane went nose-down into the water a few seconds after takeoff.
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