Report Blames Fuel System for Plane Crash

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A preliminary report on a November 13th plane crash that killed three pilots indicates authorities are trying to determine if there was water in the plane's fuel.

The report says dirty water similar to that left behind after dousing a fire was found in part of the engine. Clear water was found elsewhere in the fuel system. The National Transportation Safety Board says it's trying to find where that water came from. Water in fuel could contribute to a crash.

A final report isn't due for months.

The single-engine Piper PA-32 began sputtering and crashed into a home in west Jackson just after takeoff. Killed were flight instructor John Edward Tilton Jr. and fellow pilots W.C. Young and David Williams, all flying to an air safety meeting in Raymond, Miss.

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