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NTSB Releases Plane Crash Details That Claimed Lives of Pagel, Witcpalek, Saari

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report regarding the plane crash that took the lives of three local men.

The report states, shortly after takeoff the pilot, Nathan Saari, deviated from the initial heading and altitude.

When he was questioned by air traffic controllers, Saari replied the airplane was out of control but that he had regained control of the airplane. 

According to the NTSB, after several altitude adjustments, Chicago air traffic controllers wanted Saari to change frequencies.

Saari responded that he needed a minute to get control of the plane, and that he was having difficulty with the trim.

Shortly after that exchange communication was lost.

The crash claimed the lives of Nathan Saari, a native to Upper Michigan,  
businessman John Pagel, and Pagel's son-in-law Steve Witcpalek of Kewaunee.


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