Safety investigators have released their first report on the Aug. 1 cargo plane crash that killed three people in Denali National Park.
A witness told investigators she saw the plane flying slowly with its nose down at a 30-degree angle before it suddenly pitched upward.
The plane went nearly vertical, the witness said, then stalled, rolled left and dove nose-first for the ground.
She watched as two large mushroom clouds appeared in the sky.
(Apparently the witness took photos too, but the regional director for the National Transportation Safety Board says that even if the agency has the pics, they won't release them until later.)
Several people saw the plane -- which was carrying a large generator bound for Unalakleet -- shortly before it crashed:
The sound of the engines was loud and an increase in pitch was heard right before impact. Several of these witnesses also observed that the landing gear was retracted.