NEW BEDFORD, Mass (WBZ NewsRadio) — A report from investigators indicated that a New Bedford plane crash from November 4, 2019 may have been the result of a medical event of the operator, 74-year-old Paul Vidal, and not a mechanical failure.
The National Transportation Safety Board reported Thursday that Vidal's Cessna 150M was in a near nosedive when it hit a tree before crashing. Investigators could not conclude what kind of medical event it might have been but mentioned carbon monoxide poisoning or heart disease as possible reasons for the incident.
Vidal was the only passenger on the plane when he took off from New Bedford Regional Airport and crashed and just three miles away.
The NTSB's investigation was preliminary and a final report has yet to be issued.
WBZ's Charlie Bergeron (@CharlieBergeron) reports.