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Preliminary report: Plane had fuel issue before fatal crash

March 28, 2019

CINCINNATI (AP) — The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report says a pilot repeatedly mentioned a fuel problem to air traffic control before his small plane crashed into a suburban Cincinnati home and he was killed.

It says the pilot reported the fuel issue March 12 and then said it was resolved, but again reported the problem before the twin-engine aircraft crashed that day in Madeira.

The report says the pilot had told a relative the aircraft had a fuel leak.

The plane doing aerial surveying was registered to Bolton, Mississippi-based Marc Inc. The NTSB report says a company employee indicated the aircraft was due to be exchanged so the leak could be repaired, but it wasn’t exchanged before 62-year-old David Sapp, of Sun City, Arizona, flew that day.

No others were hurt.

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