EDGEWOOD, Texas – The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released its preliminary report on a tragic private plane crash that claimed the life of an Edgewood man on Dec. 26, 2023.
The crash occurred at 6:15 p.m. when the pilot and sole occupant of the aircraft, 60-year-old Roger D. Turner, was attempting to land on a private airstrip near his home. Unfortunately, Turner did not survive the crash.
According to the NTSB preliminary report, Turner was piloting his Cirrus SR22 and had communicated his intentions to land via radio. A witness confirmed hearing Turner’s transmissions, reporting that the plane was approaching from the west of Thompson Field Airport and indicating its position in relation to the runway using common aviation terminology.
Tragically, the witness was unable to confirm if the plane was correctly aligned with the runway from their vantage point, as the aircraft’s flight path was not in line with the runway, ultimately leading to the crash.
After the crash, examination of the plane’s flight control system confirmed flight control continuity, and evidence showed that the engine was operating at the time of impact. Fortunately, the home that the plane struck only sustained minor damage, as no one was inside at the time of the crash.
The NTSB report serves as a solemn reminder of the inherent risks associated with private aviation, highlighting the importance of thorough safety protocols and vigilant flying practices. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Roger D. Turner as they navigate this tragic loss.