After this terrible tragedy, we're getting a chance to take a look at a plane like the one that crashed near the Cuyahoga County Airport Monday night.
KENT -- After this terrible tragedy, we're getting a chance to take a look at a plane like the one that crashed near the Cuyahoga County Airport, Monday night.
The pilot was flying a 1999 Cessna Model 172R.
Before it got airborne on that fateful night and crashed, the pilot would have likely gone through a number of safety checks, namely the pre-flight check.
An instructor at the Kent State University Flight Training Aeronautics Program showed us what likely happened before the four took off.
Ben Satyshur, the Aviation Safety Program Manager of the Kent State program reports the pre-flight ritual is an important one to ensure safety. Perhaps most important is making sure fuel is at the appropriate level and lacks impurities and water.
"This aircraft actually has 15 different sampling points," Satyshur said in reference to the plane.
Satyshur reported all of the straining points are checked along each side of the wing. There's even a device dipped directly into the tank to verify fuel readings. "You see… it's actually showing about 23 gallons on this side," Satyshur said as he walked through the check for Channel 3's Hilary Golston.
The program manager says the inspections are performed working counter clockwise around the plane. A pilot will go through a myriad of important details, even checking where luggage would be stored. The baggage compartment is inspected to ensure there is no extraneous or hazardous material inside and then locked so that it doesn't come open during the flight.
Among the many specifics reviewed by a pilot are antennas, the edges of the tail and wings, the movement of the elevator. A pre-flight inspection even includes examining both sides of the plane to be sure there are no dents or dings.
Satyshur inspected the upper and lower parts of the wings for the demonstration, as well as the rudder.
Once the pre-flight inspection is complete from the outside, another version is completed from the inside of the plane. "After we're all done with the pre-flight check, we run through a checklist," Satyshur reports.
It's unclear at this stage in the investigation if the pre-flight check was completed ahead of the flight, as the investigation is in its infancy stage.