HAMMOND, LA (WAFB) - The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report for the plane crash in Hammond that killed two people earlier this month.
Both the passenger, John Harris of Denham Springs, and the pilot, who has not been identified, were killed when a twin-engine Cessna 421 crashed at the Hammond Northshore Regional Airport on October 14. The plane was flying from the airport to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Georgia.
FAA spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the plane had trouble shortly after taking off and crashed while trying to return to the field.
The preliminary report said that the plane had "an apparent loss of engine power during initial climb after takeoff." A witness told investigators that they heard a "loud pop" which was followed by the engine and propeller on the right side of the plane slowing down.
The report said that the plane then trying to turn back to the runway, but crashed into the field north of the runway after clearing the tree line. The plane than exploded and burst into flames.
The Hammond Fire Department, Hammond Police Department and the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office responded to the crash. Louisiana Department of Forestry helped to contain the fire by cleared trees.
While the wreckage remained on airport property, the plane was not near the landing strip.
Click here to read the NTSB's preliminary report. The full report from the NTSB on the crash will take six months to a year.