NTSB: Witness says plane made 'tight U-turn' before deadly crash into Chickamauga Lake

A crane recovered the main body of plane wreckage from Chickamauga Lake. (Image: HCSO Public Relations Division)

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) is providing new details about a deadly January plane crash after completing its initial report.

On January 7, 2019, Frank Davey and Lynda Marinello were killed when the plane went down in Chickamauga Lake.

In their report, the NTSB says a witness saw the plane "do a tight U-turn at a low altitude, about two or three treetop lengths above the water, which he initially thought might have been aerobatics."

Then, the witness says the plane spiraled straight down and crashed into the lake.

In the days that followed, the bodies of the passengers and several parts of the plane were recovered.

The NTSB says they also recovered a GoPro camera which was attached to the plane's right horizontal stabilizer.

That video is being reviewed by NTSB in Washington, D.C.

The report also says the crash happened 19 miles from Dallas Bay SkyPark in Chattanooga, where they took off.

You can read the NTSB's report below:


This is a developing story - depend on us to update you as we learn more.

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