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NTSB: Pilot In Fatal Plane Crash Made 3 Attempts To Land

Three people on the plane were killed Thursday when it crashed into a car in a parking lot.

A National Transportation Safety Board investigator says the pilot of a plane that crashed into a car near a Houston airport halted a third attempt to land just before the aircraft plummeted to the ground.

NTSB investigator Tom Latson said Friday it’s unclear if the pilot made a distress call just before the crash that happened Thursday afternoon near Hobby Airport.

Latson said the initial information indicates the pilot didn’t make any other calls to air traffic controllers after she waved off the third landing attempt.

He said he is still trying to determine how much flying experience the pilot had, but that the pilot had been flying the plane since the Oklahoma company that owns it bought it in 2012.

Three people on the plane were killed Thursday when it crashed into a car in a parking lot.

According to audio on the website liveatc.net , air traffic controllers tell the female pilot she’s flying too high and has to turn around to land at Hobby Airport.

The pilot can be heard nervously laughing as she says, “Trying to get down again.” An air traffic controller says “no problem.”

Just before the crash, a traffic controller says: “Ma’am, ma’am, straighten up, straighten up.”

The names of the three victims have not been released.

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