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NTSB releases preliminary report on Toledo plane crash

Modified: Monday, Jun 16th, 2014

NTSB investigator Zoë Keliher documents the wreckage of a Vans RV-10 airplane that crashed in Toledo, Ore., on May 31. (Courtesy of the National Transportation Safety Board)

TOLEDO — The National Transportation Safety Board has released its preliminary report on the May 31 plane crash that killed Newport pilot Doug Nebert, 51, and his step-granddaughter, Zoey Wahl, 4.

According to the report, the lone survivor, Wahl’s mother and Nebert’s step-daughter, April Gleason, 34, of Seattle, told investigators that “the departure seemed normal and the pilot commented that the engine sounded the best (it) ever had prior.”

But shortly later, the engine experienced a total loss of power, an alarm sounded and the airplane’s electrical system failed, according to Gleason’s recount of the incident listed in the report.

According to the report, Nebert was trying to land at Toldeo’s small airport when the plane spiraled to the ground on Georgia-Pacific paper mill property. The trio were headed from Newport Municipal Airport to Seattle.

NTSB Investigator Zoe Keliher told the News-Times in an earlier interview that engine failure is suspected as the cause of the crash. The investigation is ongoing.

For the complete article see the 06-18-2014 issue.

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