H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Jul 13, 2013 3:44 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

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.

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