Crash report: Plane's wing folded up, hit canopy

Crash report: Plane's wing folded up, hit canopy
Investigators from the FAA and NTSB examine the remains of a RV6 two-seat airplane Tuesday morning Nov. 27, 2012, that crashed into a field near Crabtree, Ore., after apparently losing a wing inflight Monday afternoon. The wing was found on highway 226 several thousand feet from the crash site. Commericial pilot Jeff Earl "Tebo" Kropf of Halsey, Ore., and aicraft owner Timothy Dean Carter of Portland, Ore., were killed in the crash. (AP Photo/Albany Democrat-Herald, Mark Ylen)

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A preliminary report on the investigation of the crash of a light plane last week near Albany says a witness saw one wing fold upward during a turn, and the wing apparently hit the canopy, shattering its glass.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports there was an area of glass shards between the wing, found on Oregon 226, and the rest of the wreckage about 1,000 feet south.

The brief document from the National Transportation Safety Board didn't say why the wing detached from the plane.

Van McKenny, an aerospace engineer with the agency, said experts will examine the plane later this month. A final report may take a year.

Timothy Dean Carter, 46, of Portland and Jeff Earl Kropf, 45, of Halsey died in the crash.

The plane's manufacturer said it was built from its plans and heavily modified.