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NTSB report fails to cite cause of RIC plane crash

HENRICO, VA (WWBT) – Questions still remain following the long awaited preliminary report into an April 11 plane crash at RIC.

The report, released Wednesday morning on the NTSB's web site, confirms many previously known details of the flight, described as a "non-scheduled cargo flight" en route to Charlotte, NC.

According to the report, the twin-engine plane ascended 200 feet above ground before falling to a parallel taxiway, coming to rest about 3,800 feet beyond the approach end of the runway.

The report does not state what caused the plane to go down. A final report will be released at a later date.

The news comes after NBC12 reported Tuesday that the plane contained hundreds of public utility payments made by Henrico County residents, as detailed below.

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Public utility customers in Henrico County need to check their bank accounts. NBC12 has learned that approximately 900-1,000 payments were destroyed in the April 11 plane crash at RIC.

In a letter mailed to the county's 90,000 public utility customers, the DPU states that the small plane was headed to Charlotte, NC, where the payments later would have been delivered to Wachovia for processing.

The crash affected customers who mailed their payments to "County of Henrico, P.O. Box 90799, Henrico, VA 23228-0799" between Monday, April 4, and Saturday, April 9, according to the letter.

If you mailed a payment during that period and your check has not cleared your bank account, the county advises you to call customer service at (804) 501-4275 to make arrangements for a new payment. Customers may encounter a $1 "past due" charge which can be waived if it is determined their original check was onboard the April 11 flight.

In an interview with NBC12, the director of public utilities apologized for the inconvenience.

"In the ten years I've been here, this is the first time we've ever had to notify our customers about a situation like this," said Arthur D. Petrini.

At approximately 9:30 p.m. on April 11, the twin-engine piper navajo aircraft crashed at RIC moments after takeoff, creating a large fireball. The pilot, Anthony Carr, suffered major burns and was hospitalized in critical condition. Two weeks after the crash, the pilot remains hospitalized, but his current condition could not be released.

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