Lack of fuel caused deadly Newport Beach plane crash
Federal investigators found that the small plane that crashed in the Back Bay and killed three people in November ran out of fuel, confirming earlier speculation.
The private pilot, who was flying home from a surf trip in Baja California, refueled in San Felipe and later in Calexico, a border town south of the Salton Sea, according to a report released Monday. National Transportation Safety Board investigators talked with ground crew members and another pilot at those airports.
Ultimately, ounces of water were found in the in the fuel tanks, the report states. Wayne Pollack, lead investigator for the NTSB said in an interview that water could have penetrated through orifices, and not necessarily through a puncture.
--Mike Reicher, Times Community News
Photo: A 1968 Beechcraft Musketeer single-engine aricraft is hoisted out of Upper Newport Bay after crashing the evening of Nov. 21, killing all three on board. (Don Leach / Times Community News)