NTSB Report: No Fuel Found In Plane That Crashed

A preliminary report says a pilot who crashed his plane two weeks ago in Bertie County apparently ran out of fuel.

Michael Taylor was critically injured in the December 16th crash in Midway, near the intersections of Highways 17 and 45.

The NTSB report says FAA inspectors found the plane's fuel selector was on the left fuel tank, which was empty. The report says there was no odor of fuel, or no fuel staining around the tank. The right tank was also empty, according to the NTSB.

The report says Taylor was flying the Piper PA-38 to his private air strip, when witnesses say they heard the engine stop running. The plane then went into a steep descent, before hitting the ground.

The NTSB says Taylor does not have a pilot certification, while a final report on the crash is not expected for several months. A FAA spokeswoman tells WITN News that they can fine someone for flying without certification, but this accident is still under investigation.

Pitt County Memorial Hospital says Taylor is now in fair condition.


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  • by Questionitall Location: RealWorld on Jan 25, 2012 at 09:57 AM
    Does any one else notice that the nose of this plane is torn to pieces, even from a low-speed collision with the ground? Look at the film footage of the 911 plane hitting the second tower and passing right through a steel and concrete building with the entire nose-cone still intact. Think about that.
  • by KC on Jan 13, 2012 at 03:01 AM
    He is close family. Please be respectful as it could have been your family as well. He is in critical condition and a mirical that he is still alive.
  • by Old Timer Location: NE NC on Jan 5, 2012 at 09:44 PM
    No fuel will do it everytime in an airplane.
  • by Carl Location: slingblade on Jan 3, 2012 at 01:18 PM
    MMMMMMM. Put some gas in it.
  • by yukon on Jan 3, 2012 at 09:35 AM
    Dont that type of plane have fuel gauges
  • by Shine Location: NE NC on Jan 3, 2012 at 09:05 AM
    Glad he survived - long time friend and instructor told me " If you think you need fuel get some -- you can try and predict when the plane will run out of fuel..... or ........ the airplane will decide for you.
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