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Airplane that Crashed had Empty Gas Tanks

November 8, 2011
Colson Hicks Eidson

Both gas tanks were empty on a small airplane that crashed near the Davidson County Airport last October. One Florida man died in the plane crash and doctors say the other man is in good condition, according to the report at the-dispatch.com.

The plane crashed into a soybean field about a half mile from the runway. A spokesperson for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said their preliminary investigation showed that both of the plane’s gas tanks were empty. The man that perished in the crash was the pilot, and his body will undergo an autopsy by the state medical examiner.

The NTSB spokesperson said he would speak with witnesses and examine the plane’s records. The investigator said the Davidson County Airport does not have a control tower, so pilots generally communicate with each other in the air. He is unsure whether the pilot spoke to any other pilots before the crash.

Small aircraft do not have the black boxes that commercial airplanes carry, which can make investigations difficult. However, all airplanes of any size have to undergo strict pre-flight checks and maintain safety records. A routine pre-flight check likely would have revealed two empty gas tanks.

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