Sweden, NY Plane Crash Investigation Preliminary Report Aviation Law

On June 1, 2008, a Cessna 172 plane crashed in a field in Sweden, NY seriously injuring both passengers onboard.  The plane was carrying a flight instructor, Davy Merritt and Benjamin Bruce who was training.    

According to a preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board, the plane started to shake and then lost power at an altitude of 1,600 feet.

According to preliminary findings in the report, the student pilot performed a preflight inspection prior to takeoff and observed six gallons in each of the two fuel tanks. After departing Ledgedale Airpark in Brockport, the two men practiced touch and go landings. After about an hour in the air, the plane began to experience problems on the return flight to Brockport.” 

The flight instructor performed a forced landing in a field, during which the airplane struck trees and came to rest 150 feet from the tree line, the report states. An inspection after the crash showed there was one galllon of fuel in both the right and left tank, and there was no indication of a fuel leak.


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