NTSB Releases Preliminary Report in Fatal Roberts County Plane Crash


The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report for February’s plane crash in Roberts County.

According to the report, the weather at the time of the accident was below the minimum prescribed for flying visually, meaning that the pilot would have to fly primarily by referencing instruments.

The NTSB also said no flight plan had been filed.

RELATED: Officials Identify Pilot, Passenger Who Died in Roberts County Plane Crash

The flight took off from Tradewind Airport (TDW) in Amarillo and was en route Hemphill County Airport (HHF).

According to the NTSB, a witness who was monitoring the common traffic advisory frequency at HHF said he heard the pilot ask about cloud hight. The witness telling officials clouds were at 800 feet to 1,000 feet above the ground.

The NTSB said the airplane hit the ground, ” in an upright and level attitude,” and a fire after the crash consumed most of the wreckage.

The pilot, identified as 75-year-old Carmel Azzopardi, and passenger 49-year-old Paula Azzopardi, both died in the crash.

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