Report: plane lost power before December crash

MILLINGTON, Tenn. (AP) -- An air safety report on a plane crash in December at Millington says one engine lost power on takeoff.

The National Transportation Safety Board issued the report on the Dec. 9, 2008, incident, which the pilot survived.

The agency said the pilot took off during stormy weather and was only 2.5 miles from Millington Regional Jetport when he noticed the right engine was losing power.

The report doesn't identify the pilot and The Commercial Appeal reported the man thought to have flown the plane didn't return its calls.

At the time of the crash, officials said the pilot suffered a back injury, but was conscious when rescued.

The report said wind shear and heavy rain further complicated the landing, in which the plane ran off the runway and crashed.

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Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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