NTSB releases preliminary report after Columbus plane crash

Plane had mechanical problems before crash

COLUMBUS, Ind. - The National Transportation Safety Board released a preliminary report Tuesday nearly two weeks after a single-engine, home-built plane carrying two people crashed into a home in Columbus.

The crash happened on July 25 in the 2200 block of Broadmoor Lane, just south of the Columbus Municipal Airport.

The pilot, Gerald Clayton, 81, was injured in the crash and later died. A passenger, Dennis King, 60, remains hospitalized. No one was injured on the ground, officials said.

According to the report, the plane was preparing to land and the engine was running at a high RPM. Clayton was "working frantically on a switch for the propeller, but the plane was still descending. As the plane began to go down, it hit obstructions and later the home, resulting in an explosion and a fire.

The plane was a Glastar GS-1, which was built from a kit, and was registered to Clayton.

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