NTSB report on Steve Appleton crash released
The preliminary report for the plane crash that took the life of Micron CEO Steve Appleton was released early this morning.
According to the report, "On February 03, 2012, at 0856 mountain standard time, a single-engine experimental Lancair...impacted terrain while on the initial takeoff climb from Gowen Field, Boise, Idaho. The air transport pilot, the sole occupant, was fatally injured."
It goes on to say there were multiple witnesses, both to the first time that Appleton took off and the second attempt just minutes later.
It says that when he took off the second time, he climbed 100 to 200 feet, then "made a steep bank to the left and began to roll while rapidly losing altitude." It completed about one revolution and when it hit the ground it landed between runways 10R and 10L at the Boise Airport.
The report does not say anything about the cause of the crash or plane's troubles. There was apparently no flight plan filed but Appleton had planned to stay near the airport.
You can find the full report here.