PEMBROKE, NY — The National Transportation Safety Board on Wednesday released more than 120 pieces of evidence from its investigation into the 2020 plane crash that killed nationally known attorney Steve Barnes and his niece, Elizabeth Barnes.
Both were killed when Steve Barnes’ plane crashed in the town of Pembroke, Genesee County on October 2, 2020.
Steve Barnes, 61, and Elizabeth Barnes, 32, were returning from New Hampshire en route to Buffalo Niagara International Airport when the plane crashed.
Steve Barnes was a registered pilot and documents show he was in contact with air traffic controllers until the last three minutes of the flight, and acknowledged he was fine and headed for the airport.
That’s when the NTSB report reveals the plane rolled nearly 90 degrees and entered a nose-down attitude, descending at nearly 14,000 feet per minute.
The report states that no flight data was recovered from the SD cards found in the wreckage and that maintenance logs were also missing from these cards.
The NTSB says the weather was not a factor and no drugs were found in Barnes’ system.
Barnes was best known as one half of national personal injury law firm Cellino & Barnes, along with former partner Ross Cellino, before the attorneys split to form their own firms.
The full report is available here.
The NTSB previously released a preliminary report in late October 2020.