Plane in fatal Ky. crash reported problems, NTSB says

April 29, 2010|By Brent Jones and Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun

Authorities say a plane that crashed Tuesday and killed two Marylanders reported problems before the aircraft went down.

Stephen James Reardon, 68, and Beverly Ann Reardon, 59, both of Woodbine, died after their twin-engine airplane came almost straight down into a remote hilltop in the Daniel Boone National Forest, according to Kentucky State Police and the National Transportation Safety Board.

An NTSB spokesman said the pilot radioed in problems with air speed and requested a lower altitude for the flight to air traffic controllers in Indianapolis.

The plane left Frederick Municipal Airport about 10:30 a.m., according to aviation logs. NTSB officials said there were reports of icing and freezing weather along the plane's route to Olive Branch, Miss.

The victims' bodies were removed from the scene Wednesday by the Leslie County coroner and the Rowan County Coroner's Office.

The Reardons' home in Woodbine is a traditional-looking pale-yellow house with a covered porch and several outbuildings on a large tract of land. The scenic area has rolling hills, and some nearby houses are surrounded by trees.

Jim Kelly, who lives in Virginia and said his wife is Beverly Reardon's sister, was at the home. "We're really just in the shock stage. We just got here."

Jim Cimaglio, 59, has been the couple's next-door neighbor since he moved in 12 years ago.

"The neighbors here keep to themselves, but they were very nice people," he said.

During the snowstorms in February, Stephen Reardon used his tractor to dig out 5 feet of snow from the end of Cimaglio's driveway, he said.

Cimaglio said the Reardons were from New England, he from Massachusetts and she from New Hampshire.

He said Stephen Reardon was a retired oil company sales manager and sold industrial lubricants.

The couple's property has a fenced-in pasture with two horses, which Cimaglio said were Beverly Reardon's passion.

"They were her pets," Cimaglio said. "She was very protective of them."

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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