WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The National Transportation Safety Board ( NTSB ) has released its preliminary report in this month's crash at Palm Beach International Airport, which took the lives of all four people on board.
Dheni "Jenny" Frembling, Kristopher Henegar, Jordyn Agostini and Kyle Henegar perished in the crash.
The report examined the condition of the Piper aircraft following the November 11 accident. All the victims were from Florida Institute of Technology of Melbourne.
According to the report voice contact before the crash indicated there was an engine failure and the plane "needed to turn around and land."
A security video showed the airplane taking off. It also showed the plane start a slow turn to the left until a large explosion happened. The report noted the video was poor quality due to glare from lights.
Investigators tested fuel pumps from both engines and determined they were in working condition.
In it's preliminary report, NTSB investigators said the planes left fuel lever and left fuel selector switches were in the "off" position.
WPTV Aviation Expert David Bjellos said those are supposed to be "on" before flying.
"Clearly there were some positions of control that were not in the correct position for an engine failure, but without the forensic science from the N-T-S-B, we won't be able to place blame yet," said Bjellos.
The pilot has last flown a multi-engined airplane on November 15, 2009.
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