In a preliminary report released on Wednesday, the National Transportation Safety Board stated that the weather conditions in Southern California rapidly deteriorated in advance of a plane crash on July 8, which resulted in all six passengers being killed.
Investigators from the federal government said the Cessna 550 was destroyed by an accident early in the morning near Murrieta. The jet hit the ground just short of the threshold of the French Valley Airport runway and then stopped 100 feet beyond the initial impact before catching on fire.
The fire consumed the majority of the fuselage and all of the major structural components were found within the 400 foot-long debris path.
In the report, it was stated that the automated weather monitoring system at the airport had recorded clear skies with a visibility of 10 miles just less than an hour prior to the incident. Just 20 minutes later the weather report was “an overcast roof at 300 feet”, and visibility had dropped to 34 of a mile.
Around the time of crash, the board reported that visibility was only a half mile in fog.
After a failed landing attempt, the plane made a second try to land. This is what happens when pilots can’t see the runway.
The air traffic controllers allowed the second attempt.
The NTSB still hasn’t identified the cause of the crash.
Two crew members and four passengers returned from a quick trip to Las Vegas.
Local authorities identified the pilots and passengers as Riese Renders, 25, Manuel Vargas-Regalado 32, Abigail Tellez Vargas 33, Lindsey Gleich 31, Alma Razick 51, and Ibrahem Razick 46.
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has confirmed that all six victims died at the scene.
A fire also broke out in an adjacent field, but it was only one acre in size.
Murrieta lies about 80 miles southeast of Los Angeles.
Fox News’ Greg Wehner and Timothy Nerozzi, as well as The Associated Press, contributed to this article.