NTSB: July plane crash in King and Queen was preventable

Staff writer

The National Transportation Safety Board has issued its final report on a July plane crash in King and Queen County that injured one person.

At about 4:15 p.m. July 5, 2018, a Cessna 172 crashed in the county after it suffered total power loss from its engine, according to the report released on March 18. That power loss came after the pilot failed to plan his trip correctly and used more fuel than he expected.

The pilot had realized he was low on fuel, noticed his engine weakening and tried to land in a field before he lost power, the report said. During the landing, the airplane’s nose wheel was ripped off and both wings struck the ground before the plane stopped.

“If he had stopped for fuel earlier in the flight, the accident would not have happened,” the report stated.

The 46-year-old pilot had 160 hours of total flight experience at the time of the crash, according to the report. He had been headed to Melfa from Morehead, Kentucky, and was about three hours into his flight when he crashed.

At the time of the crash, the pilot held a class three pilots certificate without waivers or limitations, the report said.

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