MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee businessman that was flying a plane which crashed in Georgia at 2018 probably lost control after getting disoriented in cloudy weather after taking off, a National Transportation Safety Board report said.
Wei Chen and three passengers were killed in the December 2018 airplane crash in Atlanta. Chen was a Memphis resident and CEO of Sunshine Enterprise Inc., which divides Chinese industrial and construction equipment.
A seasoned pilot that flew across the globe in a single-engine plane in 2011, Chen was in the controls of the Cessna 560 jet as it crashed on its way out of Atlanta’s Fulton County bus to Millington-Memphis Airport.
The NTSB report published in July said the airplane took off in cloudy conditions and the pilot had been using the aircraft’s tools to fly.
The plane raised its rate of climb from around 3,500 ft (1,066 meters) per second to 9,600 ft (two,926 meters) per second until the airplane slowed to approximately 86 mph (138 km per hour).
The airplane then flew at a perfect twist and forced an inverted roster before hitting the floor near some trees around 1 mile (1.6 km ) in the airport, ” the report stated.
The report issued a probable cause finding that the pilot”became spatially disoriented after going into the cloud layer, which led to the plane’s high rate of scale, accelerated reduction of airspeed, and also a probable aerodynamic stall”
“The steep descending back, the plane’s roster into an abysmal attitude, as well as the high energy impact will also be consistent with a loss of control as a result of spatial disorientation,” the report stated.
Also killed in the crash have been passengers John Chen, Bruce Pelynio and Danielle Robinson. No accidents on the floor were reported.