Notebook: Agency knew about plane flaw but didn't tell
The plane came down through the low clouds. It hit a farm silo near Zwingle, Iowa, about eight miles short of the airport.
An expert concluded the plane couldn’t be controlled at that point because it was so low and didn’t have sufficient power.
Five years after the crash, the federal government and propeller manufacturer Hartzell wanted the state of South Dakota to contribute to financial settlements reached with the victims’ families.
The trial didn’t proceed. A deposition of a Hartzell official gave his explanation why the company didn’t issue warnings after Utica.
“It was reasonable to not send out notification,” he said.
Explain that to the families.