Investigator: Plane Was Overweight

  ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal investigator says a single-engine airplane that crashed during takeoff in Arkansas killing three St. Louisans was overweight.

The plane crashed on June 26 shortly after it lifted off from a grassy runway at Gaston's White River Resort near Bull Shoals Lake. Killed were the pilot, Warren W. "Rocky" Langford, 52; his son, Brendan Langford, 15; and Jacob Ritz, 15, who died at a hospital a short time later.

Arnold Scott, chief air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board in Denver, says he believes the aircraft was too heavy when it flew to Gaston's on June 22.

Scott says adding to the danger on June 26 were heat and humidity that reduce aircraft performance. --- Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

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