Mechanical Failure Blamed in Fatal Plane Crash

MADISON, Ala. (AP) - A preliminary report on a fatal airplane
crash in northern Alabama indicates engine failure contributed to
the accident.

The Decatur Daily says a National Transportation Safety Board
report supports an investigator's initial findings in the accident
that killed 52-year-old Dr. John J. White of Decatur, Ill., and
48-year-old passenger Lisa Marie Mattix of Spring Hill, Tenn., on
Jan. 18.

The flight originated in Boca Raton, Fla., and arrived at
Huntsville International Airport about 12:30 p.m., where White
topped off the gas tank.

The report says White asked to return about 13 minutes after
takeoff, citing right engine failure. The plane crashed about three
miles from the airport, narrowly missing workers at a home
construction site.


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