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Report: Pilot missed runway just before foggy SC crash

January 29, 2021 GMT
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Officials clean up the scene following a small plane crash during dense fog in a residential neighborhood on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. Authorities say the woman in the home was able to get out safely and have not given information on the condition of anyone aboard the plane. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)
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Officials clean up the scene following a small plane crash during dense fog in a residential neighborhood on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Columbia, S.C. Authorities say the woman in the home was able to get out safely and have not given information on the condition of anyone aboard the plane. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The pilot of a small plane killed earlier this month in a crash near a South Carolina airport told air traffic controllers he missed the runway in foggy weather just before he crashed, federal investigators said.

Farhad Rostampour had just turned his plane away from the attempted landing when his wing hit a home about a half-mile (800 meters) from the Jim Hamilton–L.B. Owens Airport in Columbia, according to the preliminary report released Friday by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Rostampour died in the crash as his plane broke apart and caught fire on Jan. 13, authorities said.

Rostampour took off from the Greenville Downtown Airport in his Beechcraft BE-33 about 30 minutes before the crash, according to the report.

Fog lowered visibility around the airport to a quarter-mile (400 meters) at the time of the crash, according to National Weather Service data.

Witnesses said the plane’s engines sounded normal just before it crashed, the report said.

Preliminary reports from the NTSB include facts about a crash, but not a determination of why a plane went down.