Thu, Nov 23, 2006
Earlier Reports Saying Crash Due To Icing False
A Cessna 175 that
crashed near Battle Creek, MI earlier this month probably wasn't
the result of icing -- so says the NTSB. Pilot Peter Fay of
Mundelein, IL died in the accident.
The preliminary report on the accident now says the pilot
reported oil on his windscreen and no oil pressure on the emergency
frequency before the crash.
Kalamazoo controllers heard the call and gave Fay a heading for
WK Kellogg Airport (BTL) near Battle Creek. When they asked Fay if
he could maintain altitude he said "no."
Controllers alerted local rescue agencies after Fay said he was
going to land in a field. An aircraft passing overhead shortly
thereafter reported picking up his ELT.
The weather at BTL was slowly deteriorating with snow bringing
visibility down to 3/4 of a mile with a 2,700 ft ceiling.
Investigators on the scene noted the exhaust valve for the
number four cylinder was seized open. No other mechanical problems
were noted with the engine.
The airframe was released to the insurance company, but the NTSB
is keeping the engine for further examination.
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