PALATKA, Fla. -- The National Transportation Safety Board has released its initial report about the plane that crashed in a Lowe's parking lot on March 21 in Palatka.
The report states the plane was substantially damaged after losing engine power during an aborted landing at Palatka Municipal Airport.
Passenger Malcolm Clevenstine, 71, was killed and pilot Richard Carrara, 73, was seriously hurt.
A witness said he could see gray smoke coming from the plane, which was flying below the tree line and was "struggling to maintain altitude," according to the report.
The report states the plane touched down in a retention pond and skidded up an embankment and through a fence before stopping 30 feet from the Lowe's Home Improvement store.