NTSB: Plane Lost Fuel Pumps before Alabama Crash, Killing 6

crashFederal aviation investigators say a pilot told air traffic controllers that fuel pumps aboard the plane were failing before it plunged to the ground and caught fire near Tuscaloosa, Alabama, killing six people from Mississippi.

In a preliminary report on the crash released Thursday morning, the National Transportation Safety Board said the pilot reported one fuel pump failure and then, when he was a few miles from Tuscaloosa’s airport, reported that the plane lost “the other fuel pump.”

The twin-engine Piper struck trees near the Tuscaloosa suburb of Northport as it attempted to land at Tuscaloosa’s airport Aug. 14.

Authorities say the six people killed were flying to Oxford, Mississippi, where they were from, before trying to land in Alabama because of the emergency.

The NTSB is continuing to investigate.

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