CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board states that radar contact with a plane that crashed last month in Montgomery Township was lost 40 minutes after the pilot took off from Frederick (Md.) Municipal Airport, but does not indicate what might have caused the fatal accident.
David K. Weiss, 72, of Bethesda, Md., was killed in the April 25 accident when the Cessna 172L crashed into Cross Mountain, according to the report. The wreckage was found five days later by Weiss' two sons, who had joined Civil Air Patrol volunteers in the search.
Weiss took off from Montgomery County Airport in Gaithersburg, Md., at 12:10 p.m. April 25 and landed in Frederick 30 minutes later. At 1:17 p.m., the plane took off on a northwesterly course, according to the NTSB.
After crossing the border into Pennsylvania, the plane "turned left and re-entered Maryland, before making a right turn north into Pennsylvania. The last radar contact at 1357 (1:57 p.m.), indicated the plane was on a southwest heading, at 2,300 feet, between two converging mountain ridges in an area known locally as 'The Punchbowl,'" the report states.