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Engine failure suspected in Toledo plane crash

Modified: Tuesday, Jun 3rd, 2014

Douglas Nebert is pictured hugging his step-granddaughter, Zoey Wahl. Both died Saturday when the plane Nebert was piloting crashed in Toledo. (Photo courtesy of Dee Nebert)

TOLEDO — The National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration are still investigating a deadly plane crash over the weekend, but the loss of engine power is suspected to be the cause.

“The initial indications led us to really focus on that area,” said Zoe Keliher, air safety investigator with the NTSB. Toledo Police Chief David Enyeart said there was no sound reported when the airplane fell from the sky.

But Keliher added that officials are looking into other possibilities along with what could have caused the engine to fail, if that’s the case.

Douglas Nebert, 51, of Newport, was taking his stepdaughter and her 4-year-old daughter home to Seattle when his plane crashed on the site of the Georgia-Pacific paper mill in Toledo, killing him and his step-granddaughter, Zoey Wahl. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, Enyeart said.

Zoey’s mother, April Gleason, 34, was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis via Life Flight helicopter and later taken to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland for treatment, where she was listed in fair condition Monday, according to spokeswoman Amber Shoebridge.

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