I am thinking engine problems could have doomed this plane–
NTSB Dockets, File 431227–witness statements
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plane engine had ‘‘echo sound’’ then sounded like the engine stopped then heard a ‘‘boom’’
pg2 of 131
plane didn’t sound right, engine sounded like it was ‘‘revving’’ then cut out and then he heard a bang.
pg 4 of 131 Maha Abdallah
Before the plane impacted the ground, Abdallah noticed sparks coming from the plane.
pg6 of 131
Just prior to the airplane crashing, the engines made a ‘‘weird sound.’’
pg7 of 131
Andreassen stated that she heard strange noises from the engines
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Kristen and Aaron Archambeault
They both described the engine noise as ‘‘sputtering’’
pg9 of 131
…he saw a bright orange flash out of the living room window. … After the flash they heard a loud crash. Barnas is 100percent certain the saw the bright orange flash before the crash.
pg11 of 131
Michele stated the noise, ‘skipped’ and and she was releived it stopped, and then it started again. Michel is positive there was a skip. Michele further described everthing she heard as, ‘Noise, skip, noise, loud noise.’
pg13 of 131
The engines sounded like a metallic rattle and remined Bijak of a car engine with no oil in it.
pg14 of 131
The plane did not sound right and sort of sounded like a car with a broken muffler.
pg17 of 131
…he heard a very loud spitting and sputtering sound of a plane engine flying overhead. Braunscheidel described the noise as a car without a muffler.
pg 18 of 131
Brennan believed the plane was… maybe in trouble based on the noise.
pg22 of 131
Burns was able to see most of the left side of the airplane and noticed flames coming from the rear of the aircraft.
pg28 of 131
…heard a sputtering, binging noise to the north…
pg34 of 131
The rear of the plane appeared to be red, Dibiase could not confirm, but he thought it was on fire.
pg35 of 131
The plane appeared red in color towards the tail of the plane. Dibiase further explained that a bright red glow was reflected off of the yard.
pg42 of 131
Errick indicated that as the plane got closer the engines became very rough. Errick thought the engines were coming on and off, almost like engines were trying to come back on, but couldn’t remain running. Errick thought the engines were changing RPMs rapidly.
pg49 of 131
Grefrath recalled that the engine sounded like it was spuddering.
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Lao said the engine noise did not sound right… Lao also saw ‘flashes of white light under the wings of the plane…’
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Larocque… stated he heard puttering plane… Larocque reported that the engines were not making a uniform sound.
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…she heard the airplane make a ‘‘gurgling’’ sound.
pg81 of 131
The engine noise did not sound like a normal plane, but more like a helicopter. It was obvious something was wrong with the engines.
pg85 of 131
The sound was very loud and ‘‘rough,’’ as if the engine was having trouble. The sound was further described as sounding like a ‘‘lawn mower’’
pg91 of 131
…she heard a consistent low grumbling sound that she believed to be a propeller plane. Rott advised that the sound the plane’s engines was not smooth and did not sound like other propeller planes that she has heard in the past.
pg96 of 131
…heard a big bag then continued to hear the sound of airplane engines.
pg89 of 131
…heard a plane which was very low and didn’t sound normal. Mr. Summers cited a ‘‘rambling noise’’ which sounded as if an engine was not running properly.
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Telfair stated he then heard a winding or grinding noise, then a screeching or grinding noise and approximately 20-30 seconds later heard a large boom… Telfair further described the noise of the engine as fighting, almost as though they were trying to go faster but couldn’t, not accelerating but distressed.
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Trabucco described the sound as a humming, similar to a transformer prior to it blowing. Aafter the humming, Trabucco heard a popping sound. … About a minute after the humming and popping sound, Trabucco and her family felt a vibration that felt a little like an earthquake.
pg105 of 131
The airplane engines made a ‘‘chugging’’ sound, similar to a ‘‘spark plug misfiring.’’
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…he heard the plane engines sputtering as it approached, and then heard a ‘‘poppomg sound.’’ Immediately after that Mr. Vitello heard ‘‘grinding’’ noised, stating that the noises reminded him of gears grinding together, sounding like the gears were missing teeth.
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…the engines were making an unusual ‘‘shuttering’’ sound
pg126 of 131
She stated she heard the plane… grinding and sputtering as it approached and passed over his residence. Wols advised it sounded similar to what grinding metal would sound like.
pg129 of 131
It ‘‘sounded like sputtering’’ and ‘‘engine was coughing.’’
pg130 of 131
She said the plane engine was making loud noises, as though metal was banging and clattering.