Although one member of the party was quite portly, the combined weight of all four was less than the 4 x 170 for which the plane was designed. When they boarded for the fatal flight, however, the pilot seems not to have concerned himself about the CG location. The largest passenger was in the back seat and the smallest in the right front. The NTSB, doing a retrospective weight and balance, assigned an implausible weight of only 10 pounds to each of the six bags, but still found the CG to be slightly behind the aft limit. If, as seems likely, the bags were heavier than that, the airplane might have remained below its gross weight of 2,575 pounds but would have been still further out of CG limits and consequently less stable and harder to handle — not that, given the magnitude of the turbulence, additional longitudinal stability would have been of much use.