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NTSB Releases Preliminary Report on Ocean City Plane Crash

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- The NTSB has released its preliminary report on a plane crash off the coast of Ocean City that killed two men June 30.

The weather made recovery at the site near 133rd Street difficult. Dive teams pulled the bodies of the pilot and his passenger, Ocean City Police Department officers Tommy Geoghegan and Joshua Addicks, from the wreck July 1. Crews did not pull the plane from the ocean until July 4. It was then taken to Anglin Aircraft Recovery in Clayton in Kent County, Delaware.

The company would not let WBOC onto its property to see the plane, but staff there said it is still there as investigators work on determining what happened.

The preliminary report is the first of three reports the NTSB will release over time about the crash.

This one describes what happened. The next report will come out when the investigation is complete. The last report will have the safety board's final findings and a probable cause for the crash.

Several witnesses provided what the report says were "largely consistent" statements. Those statements say the plane "descended in a steady-state, nose-down spin to water contact,"  with others calling crash "flat... A belly flop."

One witness, who said he knew the plane, told investigators he'd never seen it fly that close to shore or that low before. He went on to say there was no engine noise before the plane "'pancaked' into the water" making "'a slapping sound 'like your hand slapping against the water.'"

The report said video footage and still photos show the plane intact all the way to the water. It said divers found the plane together on the ocean floor but fractured in several places.

Investigators told WBOC there was also a video camera installed on the plane that was recovered. It had been attached to the aft cockpit facing aft. The report said it went to the NTSB Recorders Laboratory in Washington DC for download. The camera had been in the salt water for days, so investigators say they are hopeful they can salvage the video from the on-board camera.

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