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NTSB: Weather played role in plane crash

New Site (Drew Powell, WTVA)
New Site (Drew Powell, WTVA)
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Updated: 4/18/2013 3:31 pm
NEW SITE, Miss. (WTVA) -- The factual report on a plane crash last year near New Site says weather played a role in the accident.

Dr. James Bartley, his wife Terry and their daughter Caroline, all of Columbus, Georgia, died in the crash on July 8.

The family was flying from Andrews, North Carolina to Oxford, where their daughter was a student at Ole Miss.

The National Transportation Safety Board report says an eyewitness saw the plane fly into a cloud associated with a "really bad thunderstorm".

The report says the when the plane emerged from the cloud it was flying nearly straight down.

The eyewitness says parts of the plane could be seen falling in the sky.

The report says the plane hit a nearly 100 foot tall tree before hitting the ground.

The left wing and other parts of the plane were found 1,470 from the wreckage of the cabin.

Officials say a review of the weather data showed severe weather in the area at the time of the crash.

The factual report did not list a specific cause of why the plane broke up in flight.

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