Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Plane wreckage being cleared


Determining cause could take a while

By James Pilcher
Enquirer staff writer

FLORENCE - Workers Monday began clearing the wreckage of Air Tahoma Flight 185 from the World of Sports golf course, marking the end of the on-site investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board.

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Officials finish up investigation into the crash of Air Tahoma flight 185 early Monday afternoon.
(Enquirer photo/GLENN HARTONG)
The crash occurred at 12:50 a.m. Friday, with the 34-year-old Convair 580 crashing into a clump of trees about 1.2 miles short of its runway at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The co-pilot was killed.

The plane was carrying cargo for DHL, which operates a freight hub locally.

Michael Ray Gelwicks, 36, of Southaven, Miss., was pronounced dead at the scene.

The pilot survived but has not yet been identified. He was released Sunday from University Hospital.

Federal investigators who interviewed the pilot Sunday said that he did not recall much of the accident.

Those investigators also talked with Columbus-based Air Tahoma on Monday, and began reviewing company records.

Air Tahoma officials would not comment Monday on the investigation, saying only that they were continuing to work with the NTSB.

World of Sports facility manager Belinda Morgan said the fitness center and the billiards hall reopened Monday, but that the golf course would remained closed while cleanup continues.

NTSB investigators also were to begin analyzing the voice data and flight data recorders.

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E-mail jpilcher@enquirer.com



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