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Crashed plane's engine too damaged for examination

Posted December 7, 2009

— Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board cannot examine the engine of a small plane that made a fiery landing in a Chatham County pasture last month, according to a report filed last week.

The fixed-wing, single-engine Cessna 170B crash landed in the pasture, off 7691 N.C. Highway 751, south of Seagrove Supply, on Nov. 25. The plane crashed through a fence and caught fire, authorities said.

Kent Misegades, who owns the plane, said his friends took off from Cox Airport in Apex, headed to Charlottesville, Va. Shortly after, though, the plane's engine started running roughly, and smoke and flames filled the cockpit.

The couple aboard the plane wasn't injured. Their names haven't been released.

"Examination of the airplane by a Federal Aviation Administration inspector revealed it was completely consumed by the post-crash fire, with the exception of the tail section," according to an NTSB preliminary report on the crash. "The engine could not be examined due to the severe fire damage, and the propeller blades displayed slight 's-bending.'"


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  • Nunya123 Dec 7, 2009

    You're right, there must be more to it. 53+ year old planes don't just have problems and crash. It must be a cover up.

  • WhoMe44a Dec 7, 2009

    The lack of real information leads me to think there is more to this than is being publicized.

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Dec 7, 2009

    This news article lacks details, like when was the last time the engine had an overhaul, last service, etc. Aircraft maintenance records should reveal whether the aircraft had a history of problems (and if properly maintained).

  • larky74406 Dec 7, 2009

    "The engine could not be examined due to the severe fire damage, and the propeller blades displayed slight 's-bending.'"

    Glad we have our top men on the job.

  • WhoMe44a Dec 7, 2009

    Well the NTSB lists the pilot as "James Johnson" of Cary, 27511... Since wake county lists several people of the same name in this location I will look more info from the FAA... More to come...

  • WhoMe44a Dec 7, 2009

    Why haven't their names been released? Is it a secret? Guess I will just go to the NTSB and read the report there.