BOISE – Micron CEO Steve Appleton died in a plane crash at the Boise airport Friday morning. The 51-year old was at the helm of the Boise, Idaho based memory chip company for nearly 20 years. Scott Ki has the latest on the crash investigation.
Micron’s Steve Appleton was flying what’s described as an experimental fixed wing aircraft made by Lancair. Zoe Keliher, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, says Appleton’s first take-off attempt was cut short. He landed and returned to a hangar. According to witnesses, his plane ran into trouble soon after a second take-off.
"After reaching about 100 to 200 feet above ground level, the aircraft banked," Keliher explains. "It did a steep bank and stalled. Thereafter, it ran into the ground contacting the terrain inverted."
The 51-year old Appleton was an avid flyer. He crashed another plane in 2004 in the Boise area. The NTSB concluded pilot error was a factor in that accident.
Keliher says the preliminary investigation into this accident will take about five days. A final investigation can take as long as one year.
Copyright 2012 Boise State Public Radio