NTSB: Plane That Crashed in Emmanuel County, Georgia, Had No Fuel Cap


October 25, 2018

EMANUEL COUNTY, GA. – October 22, 2018 (wjbf.com) A plane that crashed crash August 25 in Emanuel County, Georgia, took off with no fuel cap, according to an online news report from wjbf.com. The crash killed four of the five people aboard the plane.*

The crash occurred in the afternoon of August 25. Five people were on board the Cessna 182A that had just taken off for a skydiving lesson. The plane, owned by Statesboro, Georgia, skydiving company Jump Place, crashed at the East Georgia Regional Airport and burst into flames. Emergency crews arrived quickly, but they were only able to pull two people from the wreckage, one of whom died at the scene.

The lone survivor, William Brooks, sustained critical injuries and was transported to Augusta University Medical Center. His current medical condition has not been reported. 

The Emanuel County Coroner identified the four victims as 23-year-old Andrew Swenson, of South Daytona Beach, Florida; 42-year-old Justin Duff, of Statesboro; 42-year-old Chris Eldridge, of Rincon, Georgia; and 31-year-old Aliaksandr Bahrytsevich, of Raeford, North Carolina.  In a Facebook post, the United States Army Golden Knights confirmed Bahrytsevich, a native of Belarus, was a member of the U.S. Army Parachute team. 

The National Transportation Safety Board has been investigating the crash since it occurred and has now released some information regarding its findings. The plane reportedly took off without a fuel cap, and the pilot and a mechanic told a parachute rigger that they were planning to use “fuel cell tape” to close the open fuel port. The rigger reported the fuel cap missing then witnessed the plane take off with a group of skydivers, land, and take off with another group before the airplane accident

It is not yet clear if the lack of a fuel cap caused the crash. NTSB is still investigating and has not released a final report. 

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