Clogged filter blamed in NJ plane crash

May 12, 2009 4:04:10 AM PDT
Federal officials say a clogged fuel filter and the pilot's inability to spot it likely caused the crash of a small plane in southern New Jersey. Pilot William Crean and his passenger died when the single-engine L29 Delfin spiraled to the ground soon after taking off from Millville Municipal Airport nearly a year ago.

The National Transportation Safety Board says the aircraft suffered a total loss of engine power due to fuel starvation.

The NTSB says the fuel drained from the fuel filter was contaminated with black sediment.

Investigators questioned the pilot's preflight inspection process.

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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