HARMONY, NY (WNY News Now) – A preliminary report from federal investigators found that an engine problem likely caused a plane crash in Southern Chautauqua County last month.
The National Transportation Safety Board provided an update in the August 11 crash in the Town of Harmony.
A flight instructor and a pilot crashed their Cessna 172 in a wooded area off of Baker Street Extension late at night; leaving the two with injuries and causing substantial damage to the airplane.
The craft was traveling from Ohio to Chautauqua County as part of a night cross-country flight.
Just before the crash, the two were conducting a touch-and-go procedure at the Chautauqua County-Jamestown Airport where the plane lands on the runway and takes off again without stopping.
As the plane climbed back to altitude, the plane’s single engine started to sputter ultimately leading to a power failure.
The two tried to land at a nearby rural airstrip, but instead crashed.