NTSB: Del. pilot may have pulled up in NC crash

July 20, 2010 10:42:44 AM PDT
A safety report says a Delaware pilot may have tried to pull up from a bad landing at a North Carolina airport before the crash that killed him. Multiple media organizations reported Tuesday that witnesses told a National Transportation Safety Board investigator the private plane appeared to be out of control as it arrived at the airport owned by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The preliminary NTSB report says the Cirrus SR20 piloted by 66-year-old Thomas Pitts touched down so hard it bounced several times on the runway before crashing into a fence and trees.

Pitts was killed and two passengers injured in last week's goodwill flight. Kyle Henn was flying from Delaware to North Carolina to join his family after his brother, Nate, was killed in terrorist bombings in Uganda.