Miami Plane had Wing Cracks, Report Shows

Miami Plane had Wing Cracks, Report Shows

Mark Rosenker, the acting chairman of the US National Transportation Safety Board has said that the recent plane crash near Miami, Florida occurred because of the detachment of the plane’s wing. Rosenker also has stated that officials have discovered that there were several cracks along a main support beam that held up the wing. These cracks had been on the plane for a long time.

The plane, Chalk’s Ocean Airways Flight 101, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in front of hundreds of witnesses, killing all 20 people aboard. The crash occurred this past Monday at about 2:30 pm, shortly after taking off en route to the tiny Bahamian Island of Bimini.

On Tuesday, salvage crews hired by Chalk’s raised the right wing out of the water. The propeller and engine were still attached. Officials including those from the NTSB and Coast Guard will conduct a thorough investigation that will probably take nine months to a year to complete.

The plane was a Grumman G-73T Turbine Mallard, a water landing aircraft built in the 1940s. Many other commercial airlines fly the plane and Chalk’s has four others whose future has not been determined at this time. The planes will all probably go through unusually stringent tests but have not been grounded from flight yet.

Meanwhile, the island of Bimini, where 11 of the 18 passengers was from is in mourning for their losses. Of the twenty people on board, two crewmembers, three infants, and 13 others were all killed.

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