Fog May Have Been A Factor
Investigators with the
National Transportation Safety Board are heading to the scene of a
fatal small plane accident in a suburb west of Omaha, NE. The
wreckage of a Piper PA-28 Cherokee was discovered Thursday morning
in a sod field about five miles southeast of the Millard Airport
Three people onboard the small plane died in the accident,
according to local authorities.
No one is certain when the aircraft took off from the suburban
airport, according to La Vista Police Lt. Kevin Pokorny, except
only it was sometime between 11:30 Wednesday night and 6 a.m.
Thursday morning. The accident was reported just before 10 a.m.
The aircraft impacted the ground approximately 250 yards from a
Police identified the victims through drivers licenses as George
Greening, 45, Julie Greening, 42, and Pamela Britt, 48. La Vista
police chief Bob Lausten said the victims frequently travelled to
Omaha from their homes in Abilene, KS to go dancing.
Weather appears to have been a factor in the accident, as the
Omaha area has been enveloped in fog for the past few days. A dense
fog layer hung over the accident scene this morning, according to
the Omaha World-Herald.
Don Hughes, manager of the Omaha Terminal Radar Approach Control
(TRACON), said his crews have checked radar records back to 2 a.m.
Thursday morning and found no sign of the Piper -- which may mean
the aircraft never climbed higher than 1,200 feet MSL (about 200
ft. AGL) before it went down.
If the pilot kept the plane below that altitude, said Hughes,
the plane wouldn't show up on radar.
No witnesses to the accident have come forward, according to Lt.
Pokorny. An FAA spokesperson stated no record of a flight plan had
The four-passenger Cherokee (file photo of type, above) was
registered to Aerolease of America in Carson City, NV, according to
the World-Herald. An Aerolease employee told the paper the aircraft
had been leased to George Greening.
David Silchman, owner of Nebraska Flight Center at the North
Omaha Airport (3NO), said he was surprised anyone would be flying
in the thick fog.
"Nobody should be flying in this type of weather," he said.