The National Safety Transportation Board has released its preliminary report on the investigation into the plane crash in Colorado last month that killed five people from Gadsden.
According to the NTSB, the pilot -- 48-year-old Jimmy Hill -- communicated with air traffic controllers at Montrose Regional Airport in southwest Colorado that he was in a spin and attempting to recover. A short time later, controllers lost radar contact and all communications with Hill, prompting them to notify local law enforcement of a possible crash.
The plane, a single-engine Socata TBM 700, was later located in the Ridgway Reservoir, where it had crashed, killing all five people on board. The aircraft and bodies of Hill, 40-year-old Katrina Barksdale, Barksdale's sons, 11-year-old Kobe and 8-year-old Xander, and Barksdale's 14-year-old nephew, Seth McDuffie, were recovered from the reservoir on Mar. 27.
The NTSB said it will continue to investigate the accident and it may take up to a year to conclude.
To read the full report, click here.