The National Transportation Safety Board has posted an initial report regarding an airplane crash that claimed the lives of a Mohave Valley couple and their friend. The preliminary report makes no conclusion on the cause of the accident which remains under investigation.
The Cessna 182 crashed in a rugged remote area on Round Top Mountain about 3.5 miles northeast of Hope, Idaho. Sandpoint, Idaho resident Dr. Pamela Bird, 58, was piloting the plane that took off from Bird Field at 8:16 a.m., enroute to Minot, North Dakota.
The passengers killed in the crash were Don Hensley, 84, and his wife Tookie, 80.
The planes Emergency Locator Transmitter beacon activated ten minutes after takeoff. The NTSB report indicated the plane clipped large pine trees before crashing into the mountain at an elevation of 5,226 feet above sea level.
“There was a post crash fire that destroyed the airplane cabin,” the report said. “All occupants were located within the wreckage.”