NTSB Will Review Photo Of Plane Before W.V. Crash

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) - A photograph that appears to show an open maintenance panel is among the evidence the National Transportation Safety Board will review from a deadly West Virginia air show crash.

Maryland State Police pilot Dave Cooper noticed the detail in a photograph in The Journal (http://bit.ly/nFDJW5), obtained it from the newspaper and shared it with the NTSB.

Cooper says the panel on the right wing could have affected the plane's elevator control.

Pilot John Mangan of Concord, N.C., was killed in the June 17 crash of his T-28 in Martinsburg. It occurred during an acrobatic roll, but there had been no sign of trouble.

A spokesman says the NTSB will review the image but cautioned against speculation. The cause of the crash is undetermined. That could take six to nine months.

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