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Improper maintenance blamed for plane crash

A couple walks away virtually unscathed after a plane crash in Alcorn County Friday afternoon. (Wayne Hereford, WTVA)
A couple walks away virtually unscathed after a plane crash in Alcorn County Friday afternoon. (Wayne Hereford, WTVA)
Reported by: Mel Carlock
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Updated: 6/18/2013 1:34 pm
CORINTH, Miss. (WTVA) -- The National Transportation Safety Board says a plane crashed in Alcorn County last September because parts of the engine were improperly assembled or damage parts were used during assembly.

Ron Noland, 63, and his wife, Cindy, were flying a Cessna 150 from Atlanta to Memphis on September 21, 2012 when the engine quit.

Noland attempted to land in a soybean field in the Hinkle community of Alcorn County, but the plane overturned onto the roof.

The couple walked away from the crash with only minor injuries.

In the NTSB report, investigators say Noland reported hearing a loud noise from the engine during flight and the engine quit.

Investigators say an inspection of the engine shows a crankshaft gear bolt locking tab washer and the alignment dowel for the gear mounting flange both appeared to have fractured because of fatigue.

The report says investigators believe the engine stoppage was the result of improper assembly techniques or reuse of worn or damaged parts during assembly.
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