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Report: Airplane Lost Engine Power, Crashed Onto Golf Course

staff - April 2, 2016 6:09 am

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) – A preliminary report says a rented airplane with two teenagers aboard lost engine power when it crashed onto a Kansas golf course.

The National Transportation Safety Board said Friday that a Federal Aviation Administration inspector who examined the 1966 single-engine Mooney, piloted by a 17-year-old boy, reported finding no fuel in the left fuel tank. Wichita police said that an 18-year-old woman was also aboard the airplane when it came down on the 14th hole at the Tallgrass Country Club on March 18th, narrowly missing nearby homes.

The report says the pilot and the passenger suffered minor injuries in the crash, and that the airplane was “substantially damaged.”

Authorities say the plane was on its way from Nashville, Tennessee, to Jabara Airport in Wichita, just northeast of the crash site.

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