Charlotte businessman and philanthropist William "Skipper" Beck set out to practice takeoffs and landings the morning he died when his Cirrus SR-22 crashed at Rock Hill-York County Airport, his wife told investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board.
Beck, 49, normally flew with a copilot, who was also a certified flight instructor, Lynn Beck told investigators, according to the NTSB's preliminary report on the Sept. 11 crash. The NTSB released the report this week.
The report also says investigators found no evidence of an engine malfunction. A final report will take months.
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The Becks flew with the instructor to Teterboro, N.J., on Sept. 7, according to the report. Skipper Beck and the instructor returned to the Rock Hill airport on Sept. 9 and planned to return to Teterboro on Sept. 13.
- Joe Marusak