NTSB Report: Mechanical Issue Not Cause of Stevens Point Fatal Airshow Crash

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A report shows that investigators didn't find any mechanical problems in a plane that crashed at an airshow, killing a Menomonie man, that would have prevented the plane from running normally.

The National Transportation Safety Board recently released the preliminary report on the crash that killed Bill Cowden, 47. It says that video footage taken from the ground shows the plane had rotated more than three times before eventually spiraling down to the ground. The damage to the propeller blades showed that the engine was likely producing power when the plane hit the ground. Crews recovered a hand-held GPS and a GoPro video camera from the wreckage. The NTSB plans to analyze them at its lab.

Police say Cowden owned the plane, which was a Yakovlev YAK-55M. The crash happened at an airshow in Stevens Point on June 1. Cowden's funeral was last week.

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