FUEL PUMP FAILURE IN PLANE CRASH: NTSB PRELIMINARY REPORT
By WVUA 23 Reporter Jack Royer
The National Transportation Safety Board preliminary report on the Aug. 14 plane crash that left six people dead near the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport cites a fuel pump failure as a possible cause. The Piper PA-31 Navajo aircraft was carrying six passengers from a dental conference in Florida to their home state of Mississippi when it crashed at 11:20 a.m.
The preliminary report, released 10 days after the crash, also suggests the pilot reported losing “the other fuel pump” just before crashing 1,650 feet short of the runway at the Tuscaloosa Regional Airport. NTSB Investigators were on scene the following morning.