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 Pilot killed in plane crash was on his way to get the engine evaluated
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Pilot killed in plane crash was on his way to get the engine evaluated

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the pilot killed after his plane crashed near San Luis Obispo Regional Airport was on his way to Palo Alto to have an engine problem evaluated. In a detailed report about the plane crash investigation, the NTSB released information on the condition of the plane. Friends of the pilot, 44-year-old Scott Metzger of San Luis Obispo, told investigators the airplane had been experiencing problems with the rear engine in the month leading up to the accident. Officials say Metzger left the plane at a maintenance facility at San Luis Obispo Airport about one week before the accident. There, workers found the engine was "stuttering at 2,000 rpm." They were not able to solve the engine problem, and Metzger asked that they stop working on the plane. About two weeks before the accident, Metzger had maintenance workers look at his plane in Palo Alto. Officials say he was headed back to Palo Alto to have work done on the engine when he crashed. The NTSB says this is just a preliminary report on the accident, and they are still investigating.

9 months ago

SLO Co. Sheriff's Office confirms identity of pilot killed in crash

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office Coroner has released the name of the pilot killed in a plane crash on Monday.

Officials say Scott Metzger, 44, of San Luis Obispo, was the man flying the Cessna that crashed in San Luis Obispo.

Because of the extent of the injuries, officials thought they would have to use DNA analysis to make a positive identification.

An autopsy was performed Thursday, and a tattoo was discovered and confirmed by the family.

Based on information gathered during the course of the investigation along with identifying information found during the autopsy, coroner's investigators were able to identify Metzger.

The cause of the plane crash is still being investigated by FAA and NTSB officials. The investigation could take months to complete.

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9 months ago

NTSB investigators visit scene of deadly SLO plane crash

Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board are in San Luis Obispo, looking into the cause of a deadly plane crash.

The crash happened Monday afternoon at the Promega Biosciences building on Granada Drive, about a mile and a half north of the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.

Authorities say shortly after the 337 Skymaster Cessna took off from the airport, the pilot reported having trouble. The plane hit some power lines, scraped the side of the building, then slid into a FedEx truck.

The truck driver was inside the building and was not hurt.

The pilot died on impact.

No one else was inside the plane when it crashed.

Authorities have not yet released the name of the pilot. According to the Federal Aviation Administration, the plane is registered to CSC Solutions of San Luis Obispo. The business is owned by Scott Metzger.

NTSB investigators arrived at the scene on Monday evening. Investigator Eliott Simpson said crews would go through evidence at the scene on Monday, then meet with a Cessna representative on Tuesday morning to continue the investigation.

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9 months ago

PG&E: No power outages as a result of plane crash

PG&E says there were no power outages as a result of a small plane crash in San Luis Obispo Monday afternoon.

There was some minor damage to the power lines which were clipped by the plane as it came crashing down.

Crews are making repairs on those lines and do not expect any outages as a result of those repairs.

The Cessna P337H crashed into a FedEx truck and the Promega Biosciences building on Granada Drive.

An FAA official says the pilot was the only person on the plane. That person was killed.

The FAA and NTSB are investigating.

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Plane that crashed registered to business in downtown San Luis Obispo

According to the Federal Aviation Administration website, the plane that crashed Monday afternoon was registered to a business based in downtown San Luis Obispo.

The owner of the building says police came by Monday afternoon to find out more information.

He declined to comment on who the plane might be registered to.

The FAA website also says the plane was purchased in Napa in May.

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9 months ago

FAA and NTSB investigating cause of San Luis Obispo plane crash

The Public Affairs Contact for the Western-Pacific Region of the Federal Aviation Administration confirms a twin-engine Cessna P337H crashed into an unoccupied, parked FedEx truck Monday afternoon.

It happened just around 1 p.m.

Public Affairs Director, Ian Gregor, says the accident was about 1.5 miles northwest of the San Luis Obispo Airport.

Gregor says the pilot of the plane was killed in the accident, but there have not been reports of any ground injuries.

The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board are investigating the accident.

Gregor says it sometimes takes months to determine the exact cause of a plane crash.

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9 months ago

UPDATE: Coroner on scene of plane crash

The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office Coroner is on the scene of a deadly plane crash near the San Luis Obispo Airport.

Crews from the National Transportation Safety Board are also on the way to the scene.

San Luis Obispo Police say one person was killed when a small plane crashed into a Fed Ex truck next to the Promega Biosciences building on Granada Drive around 1:00 PM on Monday.

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9 months ago

Pilot reported difficulty just before crash in San Luis Obispo

SLO County Regional Airport Manager Richard Howell says a pilot of a Cessna aircraft was departing the airport when he experienced difficulty and crashed into the Promega Biosciences building about 1 p.m. Monday. San Luis Police Captain Chris Staley confirmed one person is dead.

Watch KSBY Live and KSBY.com for the latest.

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9 months ago

Plane reportedly crashes into chemical building, evacuations ordered

According to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, a plane crashed into a chemical building Monday afternoon.

Officials say evacuations have been ordered in the area, but they have not released the exact location of the evacuations.

CAL FIRE crews and San Luis Obispo City Fire crews are at the scene.

According to a KSBY crew at the scene, the plane hit power lines and crashed into Promega. It also hit a FedEx truck.

Promega is a biotechnology company.

9 months ago

Reports of plane down at San Luis Obispo Airport

Emergency crews have reports of a plane down near the San Luis Obispo airport.

Calls came in just before 1 p.m. Monday. Reports indicate the crash may be on runway 29.

From the KSBY Newsroom we can see thick black smoke coming from the area.

CAL FIRE confirms the plane went into a vehicle a building.

We have a crew on the way. Stay with KSBY News for more information as soon as it becomes available.

9 months ago

Officials: 1 dead in explosion at Indiana plant

UNION MILLS, Ind. (AP) - An explosion at a fertilizer plant in northwest Indiana has killed one person.

The LaPorte County Sheriff's Department confirmed that one person was killed in an explosion in Union Mills.

Sheriff's Deputy Neil Lachmund says all other people are accounted for after the explosion Monday afternoon at the Union Mills Co-op. It's about 50 miles southeast of Chicago. Lachmund says two other people are being checked for injuries.

The blast follows one less than two weeks ago at a chemical plant in Louisiana that makes fertilizer. That blast killed done worker and injured seven others.

An April 17 fertilizer plant blast in West, Texas, killed 15 people.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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