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Simulation Preceded Fatal Millville Plane Crash: Report

A simulated engine failure may have played a role in a small plane crash that killed one person last month in South Jersey.

Millville Airport crash
Plane that flipped after landing at Millville Airport (WCAU TV)

The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report in the accident at Millville Airport on Aug. 29.

Investigators say the plane’s last recorded radio transmission came a few minutes before the crash and reflected that the flight instructor and a student pilot were simulating an engine failure.

A few minutes later, witnesses reported seeing the dual-engine Beech 95-A55 hit the ground while veering to one side, then cartwheel off the runway.

The NTSB says the plane was registered to the student pilot, who died in the crash. Aviation records show the plane was registered to Ronald LeCates of Swedesboro. The flight instructor suffered serious injuries.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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