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NTSB report: Pilot 'worked frantically' to stop plane from crashing

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INDIANAPOLIS -

A preliminary report from the NTSB found that the pilot of a plane that struck a house in Columbus last month was "working frantically on a switch for the propeller" moments before the fiery crash.

Gerald Clayton, 81, died this week from injuries he suffered in the July 25th crash. A passenger, 60-year-old Dennis King, survived.

The report found that a flight plan had not been filed before Clayton departed Columbus Municipal Airport. The plane, a Glastar GS-1 single-engine airplane built from a kit, took off at 9:29 am and crashed minutes later at 9:32 am.

The NTSB also reports that the airplane was on "downwind leg for a touch-and-go landing." King reported the engine was still running at high rpm, and the pilot was "working frantically on a switch for the propeller," but the airplane was still descending.

The report found that the plane struck a home and came to rest upright inside that home."The impact resulted in a significant fuel leak and the two pilots exited the airplane as it was engulfed in an explosion and fire. The one adult inside the residence was able to safely exit," the report said.

Hiroko Nakao was inside her home when the plane crashed into it. She made it out safely. King is recovering from his injuries.

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