NTSB report on fatal plane crash

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

TRENTON, S.C. (WRDW) - The NTSB is releasing new information on what investigators say caused a fatal plane crash Nov. 25 near Trenton, South Carolina.

Their preliminary report says the Piper Apache, an older model twin engine plane, lost engine power. The plane then was substantially damaged when it hit trees near the Twin Lakes airport.

The pilot, Richard Showalter, died in the crash.

The NTSB report says the plane's left engine didn't show any indication it was producing power on impact, the main fuel tanks shutoff valves were closed and the auxiliary fuel tanks shutoff valves were open.

They say Showalter had recently purchased the airplane, and had contacted an airframe and power mechanic about having difficulties with the fuel selectors a few weeks before the crash.

NTSB investigators are still examining the airplane.

Showalter was a flight instructor with a commercial license. He also worked as an air traffic controller for many years.

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