Weather Likely Not Main Crash Cause

Friday's wind and snow shouldn't have made a Cessna 340A go down but could have affected mechanical problems.

Steve Searle, fixed base operator at the Jasper County Airport in Texas, said he remembers the pilot getting a 15- to 20-minute weather briefing by phone before taking off.

Searle said when the pilot rejoined the three other people in the group, one of them asked how the weather was in Iowa.

Searle said the pilot told the group that it was snowing in the region, but Revord didn't seem concerned.

"It wasn't any big deal to him," Searle said, adding that others in the group didn't seem concerned either.

Though Moser did not want to speculate on the cause of the crash, he said that 15 percent of accidents in smaller planes are caused by mechanical problems.

The inclement weather on Friday may have been a contributing factor to other problems Revord encountered when he tried to land.

But the weather alone was not enough to cause such a disastrous result, Moser said.

"I would probably fly that approach myself in those same conditions," he said.

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