(CBS Connecticut) — Investigators today said a small plane that crashed and caught fire in Wallingford near Meriden-Markham Airport was practicing touch-and-go landings at the time.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the Cirrus SR22 was on its second set of landings and takeoffs, when it assumed a landing attitude about 10 or 15 feet above the runway.

NTSB Investigator Todd Gunther says the plane dropped, bounced twice, rolled, and hit the ground near a fence.

“Along with the associated large fragments of the aircraft, there is also a debris field that exists, which consists of cockpit items, as well as small subcomponents of the airplane and portions of the structure.

Cheshire Doctor Joseph Tomanelli was killed.  His 21-year-old son Daniel Tomanelli survived.



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