Preliminary report on fatal plane crash released - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Preliminary report on fatal plane crash released

(Source: Facebook/ Farese Family Dental) (Source: Facebook/ Farese Family Dental)

Mechanical problems are believed to be the cause of the crash that killed six people headed to Oxford, Mississippi.

The National Transportation Safety Board released their preliminary investigation of the fatal crash.

Click here to read the preliminary report

According to the report, weather conditions were good and the pilot had a clear flight path on Sunday, August 14 as he left Kissimmee Gateway Airport in Orlando, Florida, bound for Oxford, Mississippi. Fuel receipts showed the airplanes tanks were "topped off" before departure.

Around 11:11 a.m., the pilot reported that one of his fuel pumps failed and requested a diversion to the nearest airport in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When the plane was about 10 miles from the Tuscaloosa airport, the pilot reported that the plane lost the other fuel pump.

The airplane descended until it hit trees and the ground, approximately 1,650 feet away from the runway at the airport. 

Dr. Jason Farese, Dr. Lea Farese, Dr. Austin Poole, Angie Poole, Dr. Michael Perry, and Kim Perry were all killed in the crash. All four of the doctors were dentists with practices in the Mid-South. 

They leave behind 11 children. NTSB officials said it will take a year for the final investigation to be complete.

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