NTSB: Plane Changed Course Before Deadly Bloomington Crash

All seven people on board the Cessna 414 were killed when the plane went down on the way home from the NCAA Championship Game

National Transportation Safety Board officials say an airpilot unexpectedly changed course as he approached the airport before crashing into a field near Bloomington, Illinois. 

A preliminary report on the airplane crash that killed seven people near Bloomington confirms the pilot unexpectedly changed course as he approached the airport.

Wednesday's National Transportation Safety Board report on the April 7 crash doesn't indicate why pilot Thomas Hileman flew higher and turned as he neared the runway. As an investigator indicated last week, the pilot showed no signs of distress in radio transmissions.

The plane was returning from the NCAA basketball championship in Indianapolis. Those killed included Hileman, Illinois State University assistant basketball coach Torrey Ward and athletic administrator Aaron Leetch.

The report indicates the plane was descending just after midnight in fog when it turned east before crashing in a nearby farm field.

The investigation continues and the final report could 12 to 18 months.

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