Report Discloses Potential Cause of Fatal Plane Crash in Swainsboro
EMANUEL COUNTY, GA- Wrdw.com writes that the National Safety Transportation Board (NTSB) has reported on the possible reason that a skydiving plane crashes in Swainsboro, killing four people and injuring another.*
The NTSB stated that no one filed a flight report for the Cessna, which crashed on August 25, 2018. According to a parachute rigger, prior to taking off, the pilot saw that the plane was missing a fuel cap. The rigger says that he was asked to get a spare from the airport maintenance. Maintenance advised piloting to use fuel cell tape to cover the area.
One witness at the airport says that the plane took off and flew up about 150 feet before the engine shut off. The plane’s wings then began to “rock” and the aircraft plummeted and smashed into the ground and caught fire.
The crash site was only 2,000 feet away from the place the plane took off.
Four people died in the crash; the only person on board to survive was William Middlebrooks. Middlebrooks was injured and sent to the hospital for treatment. According to his doctors, Middlebrooks was initially in serious condition but is stable.
The four victims include 23-year-old Andrew Swenson from South Dakota Beach, Justin Duff, 42, a skydiving instructor and father of three whose wife is currently pregnant, 42-year-old Chris Eldridge from Rincon, Georgia, and Alex Bahrtsevich, 31, who was an avid skydiver.
Although safety improvements have made private planes less dangerous in recent years, statistics still indicate that flying in one puts passengers at riskof dying that is 19 times greater than the risk of dying in a car crash. In 2017, more than 40,000 Americans died in car crashes.
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